Sunday, July 18, 2010

First Research Paper on Indian Bison

The IUCN red list names it as an endangered species and so do many Indian environmentalist, but the Indian Bison still does not claim the limelight as well as its other endangered friends- the tiger or the elephant. But now things are looking up for the Indian Bison also known as the Gaur with Dr. Farshid Ahrestani’s soon to be published research paper on the Indian Bison titled ‘Life history and Traits of Gaur: First Analysis’

Says the research scientist,“There have been very few studies done on a large
herbivore such as the gaur. The largest population of gaur is found in India,
but its number is declining due to various reasons. A comprehensive study on
them will help understand the species, and with knowledge we can intervene and
protect them from extinction.”

The research was carried out in Bandipur National park in Karnataka and Mudumalai National Park in Tamil Nadu. The researcher warns that there are very few of the gaurs left in the wild with the population in India being between 12,000 and 22,000. The Indian bison in genral looks tough but has a very short life span of just 20 years. With habitat loss and bovine diseases on the rise, 80 percent of the population has wiped out.

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) has organised a lecture on the topic in order to educate and spread the knowledge about the Indian Bison so that more scientists and organisations come forward to help.
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