ZSI identifies 91,206 species of fauna in India

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Bangalore, Oct 24 (UNI) Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has identified existence of 91,206 species of fauna in the country, ZSI Kolkata Director Ramakrishna said today.

Speaking at a function organised here to release the ZSI's scientific fauna documents on Kudremukh National Park, Bannerghatta National Park and Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Temple Wild Life Sanctuary, he said the number may cross one lakh by next year despite global warming.

Dr Ramakrishna said the ZSI had so far released 46 Fauna volumes including North-Eastern states, West Bengal and Orissa. The work was progressing with regard to Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

''The three volumes released today is the outcome of extensive survey and exploration conducted by the ZSI scientists,'' he said, adding that the ZSI had 16 Regional Stations in the country and had taken up extensive survey of Flora and Fauna.

He appealed to the Karnataka Government to permit survey of Wildlife in Bannerghatta National Park, on the outskirts of the city.

Speaking after releasing the volumes, Karnataka Additional Chief Secretary Neeraja Rajkumar called upon the scientists to take full advantage of the latest technology for conducting the survey.

She also appealed to speed up the survey of Flora and Fauna in the country as some species faced the threat of extinction and take up forest conservation involving local people.

''Unless you involve local people, any project meant for conservation of forests and wildlife will not succeed,'' she added.

UNI

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