Source: Wildlife SOS

73 species critically endangered in India, reveals Indian government

The list of endangered species include 9 mammals, 18 species of birds, 26 reptiles, and 20 species of amphibians 

RH Desk
December 26

73 species are categorized as critically Endangered in India, India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate has said.

In a written reply to the Indian parliament, the ministry has informed that certain mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians are threatened/critically endangered in India. The Ministry, however, said that there is “no critically endangered species of coral reported from Indian waters.”

“According to IUCN data, 73 species including 9 species of mammals, 18 species of birds, 26 species of reptiles, and 20 species of amphibians are categorized as Critically Endangered in India,” the ministry said in its reply.

The nine endangered mammals incude Kashmir Stag/Hangul; Chinese Pangolin; Andaman Shrew. In the species of birds, the ministry has mentioned the Pink-headed Duck; Baer’s Pochard; Himalayan Quail, and other birds.

There are other  26 species of reptiles and 20 species of amphibians as well on the list.

The ministry stated also said that the government of India is taking the utmost steps for the protection and conservation of the threatened/Critically Endangered species in India.

“Over the years, the Government of India through the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) has sponsored many research activities to the researchers belonging to the government, private, NGOs, and universities targeting some of the threatened bird species,” the ministry said in the response.

It noted that funds have been allocated to study the recent decline in vulture populations across India.

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