The only feminine wild buffalo in a conservation centre at Chhattisgarh’s Sitanadi-Udanti tiger reserve died on Wednesday night time, August 25.

Within the 12 months 2001, wild Asian forest buffaloes had been declared because the state animal. Regardless of a number of efforts by the state authorities and forest division to revive the wild buffalo inhabitants, it didn’t flourish. “As soon as, there have been lots of of untamed buffaloes within the space. However from 1986 onward, data present, their numbers have steadily declined to a degree the place no extra feminine buffaloes are left inside Sitanadi-Udanti, which is one in every of their pure habitats,” mentioned an environmental activist from the state.

On August 25, the seven-year-old that was the one feminine forest buffalo saved within the Udanti sanctuary of Gariaband died.A autopsy examination is being carried out on the deceased animal to grasp what led to her dying. Prima facie, it looks like that the animal suffered from pulmonary points, mentioned Ayush Jain, deputy director of the tiger reserve.

Assault by Maoists

On August 8, a gaggle of Maoists attacked the Udanti Tiger Reserve in Gariaband district, which is the breeding centre for these wild buffalos. It’s run by the Wildlife Belief of India and the Chhattisgarh forest division. That they had additionally set some cottages contained in the enclosure on fireplace. The breeding centre falls beneath the Jugaad police station in Gariaband, which is a chosen Maoist-affected district. The 4 caretakers on the centre fled earlier than Maoists arrived.

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