Male buffalo on verge of extinction

THE HIMALAYAN TIMES

SAPTARI: The rare wild male buffalo found only in the Kosi Tappu Wildlife Reserve here is facing threat of extinction.

This situation has arisen due to the negligence of the Reserve administration and the army unit deployed for guarding the reserve.

As per a census conducted in 2004 by the Reserve administration, the number of male wild buffaloes in the reserve was 54. However, the latest count up of buffalo is only 34.

Warden Ashok Ram said although the overall wild buffalo population has increased, the number of the male of the species has decreased.

Dwindling number of male wild buffaloes is a matter of concern for the wildlife conservationists as the male of the species has vital role in improving the genetic strain and the population of the species.

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