World Pheasant Asso to preserve Western Tragopan in HP

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Shimla, Oct 31 (UNI) World Pheasant Association will joint hands with the Himachal Pradesh government to preserve the Western Tragopan, a rare species of wild pheasant.

The Vice-President of World Pheasand Asssociation, Dr John Corder today called on state Forest Minister J P Nadda and discussed the ongoing pheasasnt conservation projects in Himachal Pradesh.

He also discussed the strategies to be adopted for effective implementation of such projects.

Dr Corder briefed Mr Nadda about the progress in breeding of the endangered Cheer Pheasant.

Dr Corder pointed out that Red Jungle Fowl species was wide spread through out Asia. He said that domestic poultry normally get mixed with wild fowl but the wild pheasant species of Himachal Pradesh had remained 'untouched and were pure'.

Mr Nadda informed Dr Corder that Westren Tragopan is the only rare species in HP being bred in capitivity at Sarahan. The efforts of HP were being appreciated throughout the world.

Mr Nadda said that first successfully planned breeding of the Western Tragopan took place in the state and nine birds were bred.

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