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India's First Dolphin Research Centre: Inauguration & Impact



  Mar 05, 2024

Establishment of India’s First National Dolphin Research Centre



India has inaugurated its first National Dolphin Research Centre (NDRC) in Patna, Bihar, marking a significant milestone in the conservation of the endangered Gangetic river dolphin. Situated near the Ganges River, the NDRC aims to serve as a hub for scientific research and conservation efforts focused on this freshwater mammal.

Key Highlights:

Location and Inauguration: The NDRC is strategically located near the Ganga River in Patna, Bihar, and was inaugurated on March 4, 2024, by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Research and Conservation Efforts: The centre is dedicated to studying the Gangetic dolphins’ behavior, survival strategies, and threats, with the goal of enhancing conservation efforts and establishing the NDRC as a centre of excellence.

Training Programs: It will also offer training to fishermen on dolphin conservation practices during fishing activities.

Strategic Importance: Positioned on a 4,400 square meter plot within the premises of Patna University, the NDRC’s location allows researchers to closely monitor dolphins in their natural habitat.

Project Background: Approved in 2013 and facing several delays, the project finally commenced construction after overcoming regulatory hurdles related to its proximity to the Ganga River.

 Conservation Status: The Gangetic river dolphin is listed as a Schedule I animal under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, and has been declared an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The establishment of the NDRC represents a crucial step forward in the conservation of the Gangetic river dolphin, India’s national aquatic animal. By facilitating in-depth research and promoting conservation practices, the centre aims to safeguard the future of these endangered mammals in their natural habitats.

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