Thanks to Project Tiger: Majestic Hangul gets a new lifeline in Kashmir
23: Majestic Hangul has got a new
lifeline after Jammu and Kashmir government decided to adopt `Project Tiger’
model to arrest the declining population of the critically endangered animal in
elaphus hanglu, is a critically endangered species found mainly in the Dachigam
National Park and its adjoining areas in Kashmir. The male Hangul is
characterized by the antlers and brownish red coat. The female Hangul do not
have the horns. It is the only survivor of the Red Deer group in the Indian
sub-continent and its population has been on a decline over the years.
On the directions
of Lieutenant governor GC Murmu, Wildlife Department in collaboration with
SKAUST has decided to follow the characteristics of Project Tiger to conserve
Hangul for posterity.
Launched in 1973,
Project Tiger is one of the successful programmes for saving the national
animal from becoming extinct.
and Principal Investigator of the Project Hangul Dr Khursheed Ahmad said under
new scheme of things Hangul reserves will be created to ensure a viable
population of the animal in their natural habitats
Tiger envisages the setting up of tiger reserves to help in maintaining the
population of national animal. In the same way, Hangul reserves will be created
to ensure a viable population of Kashmir stag in their natural habitats,” he
noted that in a particular expanse of land will be identified in the habitat
and marked as the ‘core’ area of the reserve.
“These areas will
be kept free of all human activities. It usually has a legal status of National
Park or Wildlife Sanctuary. No human activity is allowed inside the core area,
including tourism. Grazing and wood collection are already banned in these
areas,” Dr Khursheed said.
Central, Altaf Hussain described the Hangul reserves as important areas for the
protection and conservation of the Kashmir stag. “There will be a separate
authority for Hangul reserves. Project is still in the formative stage and is
likely to be initiated soon”, he said.