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Gharials thriving in Beas reserve

Date: 21 December 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • After successfully reintroducing the critically endangered Gharial (GavialisGangeticus) in the rivers of Punjab, thegharials are healthy and have adapted to the Beas Conservation Reserve as their home.
  • The gharial reintroduction in the Beas Conservation Reserve is an ambitious programme of the Punjab government. The reptiles were commonly sighted in the Beas River till the 1960s but later became extinct.
  • The gharial can be found in north Indian rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna, Chambal and their tributaries.