Captive Asian Giant Tortoise juveniles released

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Ten captive-bred Asian Giant Tortoise (Manouria emys) juveniles were released into a protected area of Nagaland’s Intanki National Park.

About the Asian Giant Tortoise:

  • The soft release of Asian Giant Tortoise is an attempt to boost conservation and repopulating the species. The soft release is a process of gradually releasing captive-raised species into the wild.
  • Distribution: They are found in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia and other places.
  • Diet: Bamboo shoots, tubers and other juicy vegetation and some invertebrates and frogs.
  • Threats: Hunting for consumption, habitat loss, anthropogenic activities like construction and slash and burn.
  • Conservation Status
    • IUCN :Critically Endangered
    • CITES :Appendix II
    • Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 : Schedule IV

Intanki National Park:

  • It is also known as the Ntangki National Park, which was established by British administrators in the year 1923.
  • Flora: it has thick rain forests which creates natural habitat for many animals.

Fauna:  Wild buffaloes, Hoolok gibbo ,Tigers, Sloth bear, Wild dogs and flying squirrels.


Q1) Which river flows through Intanki National Park?

Intanki is contiguous with Dhansiri Reserve Forest of Assam (Karbi Anglong) to the north. The Dhansiri River marks the boundary between these two areas. Many rivers and streams intersect the Park, among them Monglu, Intanki and Duilong are the major tributaries of Dhansiri river.

Source: Down to Earth