But the Ghariyal rehabilitation project started by the government in 1975 had helped increase the population again.
Chambal (Uttar Pradesh), June 27 (ANI): Natural breeding of Ghariyals or, the Indian alligators in Chambal river here has delighted residents and authorities, as it reflects a favourable sign for reptiles' conservation.
Two years since a mysterious disease seriously affected the population of Ghariyals, the natural breeding of the reptiles has come as a ray of hope for conservationists and authorities here.
Many Ghariyals had been lost to the disease, more of these reptiles were released in the river by the Kukrail Gharial Rehabilitation Centre, situated in Lucknow.
Apart from the crocodiles and ghariyals, river dolphins and other aquatic animals are also a part of this census.
The wildlife officials estimated that the population of crocodiles and ghariyals is expected to grow this year in the State.