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Godavari Islands: Andhra Pradesh conducts the first-ever blackbuck survey

In order to create a conservation strategy to safeguard the endangered species, the Andhra Pradesh State Wildlife Department has begun the first-ever study of blackbucks along a length of islands in the Godavari between Dowleswaram and Yanam. Following reports of large numbers of blackbucks becoming stuck on the islands affected by the Godavari floods, the survey was proposed.

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KEY POINTS:

  • The Gowthami, Vasista, Vainteya, and Vridha Gowthami islands in the Konaseema and East Godavari districts are a significant habitat for blackbucks, who travel throughout the area adjacent to populated areas. Blackbucks have occasionally been stolen downstream of Dowleswaram.
  • Bobbarlanka, one of the many islands that are home to the animal, situated downstream of the Dowleswaram barrage and is where you may see blackbucks all year round.
  • S.S.R. Vara Prasad, a forest range officer for wildlife in Kakinada, and D. Mahesh Babu, a wildlife researcher for the A.P. Forest Department, began the field study on Monday despite the danger of floodwaters in the Godavari and its branches. By boat, they traversed the islands.

The safety of the blackbuck has been ensured on the Godavari Islands by local communities’ peaceful coexistence with the animal. The Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972′s Schedule-1 penalises the taking of blackbucks.

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