Challenges in crocodile conservation

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CrocodileChitwan, Dec. 20: Challenges have been faced in conservation of the Ghadiyal crocodile, enlisted in the list of endangered animal species.

There was no remarkable increase in the number of the crocodiles due to lack of suitable habitat and smuggling.

The Chitwan National Park set up the Crocodile Breeding Centre at Kasara in Chitwan district in 2035 BS and it has been breeding and releasing crocodile hatchlings in rivers every year.

As many as 921 crocodile hatchlings have been released in the Rapti, the Narayani, the Kali Gandaki, the Karnali and the Babai rivers so far, said Assistant Conservation Officer at the Park, Bed Bahadur Khadka.

Only 124 crocodiles were found in course of counting carried out this year to know the situation of the released crocodiles, it is learnt.

Crocodiles are released in rivers every year after hatching babies from eggs at the breeding centre after collecting eggs from the river bank.

Now, there are 600 crocodiles in the centre. Over five million rupees is spent every year to breed the crocodiles, said Khadka. RSS

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