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Sole male gharial crocodile in Chitwan National Park found dead

An endangered species of Gharial crocodile known by the Genus: Gavialis and species: gangeticus lies in the crocodile breeding centre of Chitwan National Park at Kasara, Chitwan. Gharial remains in the pools of the centre until they reach the age of about four years after which they are released into the wild. Photo courtesy: wwfnepal.org

Chitwan, May 26

The sole adult male gharial crocodile (Gavialis gangeticus) of the Chitwan National Park was found dead getting trapped into a big fishing net.

According to the CNP Chief Conservation Officer Ram Chandra Kandel, the gharial was found dead with its snout trapped in a big fishing net at Khoriya on Thursday.

The carcass was buried yesterday itself.

Rapti and Narayani rivers were the home to the reptile.

Though the use of a big fishing nets has been banned, its illegal use has not stopped yet.

The death of the male crocodile will certainly affect the crocodile breeding, CNP information officer Nurendra Aryal said.

In case of the CNP, the gharial is considered a relatively rare species than other species of crocodile and the park has established a crocodile breeding centre here to conserve large aquatic reptiles.

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