Wednesday, August 27, 2008

First wildlife atlas to be out soon.

Express News Service
Posted online: Monday , August 18, 2008 at 02:30:18

Lucknow, August 17 Do you know what is the most common problem faced by the wild animals? Or how many types of diseases affect elephants? If your answer to these questions is “no”, then you should look up the country’s first wildlife atlas, which is here to provide answers to all your wildlife queries.
Former head scientist of the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Dr BM Arora, is compiling the atlas - The Atlas of Wildlife Diseases and Disorders in India - and has received financial assistance from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Dr Arora has already finished the basic research and the atlas is slated to hit the stands by next month.

Talking to The Indian Express from Bareilly, Dr Arora said that the atlas will not only become a database of all the living wild species in the country, but will also serve as an effective document for the zoo officials, veterinary experts and also, doctors at various wildlife sanctuaries across the country.

“The atlas will also try to look into issues like poaching of wild animals through poisoning,” he added.

Dr Arora has managed to collect over 1,000 photographs of wild animals along with the cases registered under the Wildlife Act. “There are some 1070 cases, which have been collected from UP, Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and other states, where people have been booked under the Wildlife Act,” Dr Arora said.

The atlas will be printed in Lucknow and Dr Arora plans to release it in New Delhi. “It is the first of its kind comprehensive document and hence, needs to be talked about,” said Dr Arora.


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