HYDERABAD: When one speaks about endangered species of animals or birds, people usually think of Tiger, Vultures, regardless of the state in question.
However, in Telangana, there are other species of birds, mammals, reptiles, fish and plants which are threatened or vulnerable. For the first time after formation of the youngest state, a list detailing the status of various species was released by Telangana State Biodiversity Board.
The list would be sent to departments concerned such as Forest department, which would help in framing policies for conservation of the endangered species. The list was approved after a meeting held by TSBB in January. It has been uploaded on the board’s website www.tsbiodiversity.org
In the list, Indian Pangolin has been categorised as endangered, Great Indian Bustard as critically endangered and fish species Sandkhol Carp as endangered.
Also, Sloth Bear, Indian Bison, Indian Skimmer bird, were categorised as vulnerable.
Names of medical and other kinds of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles fishes, were listed with remarks on their numbers.
Officials from the Biodiversity Board said the list was prepared following directions from Ministry of Environments and Forests (MoEF), and the list was sent to the State government which would forward it to the ministry.
“We will communicate the list to line departments such as Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Agriculture, Forests and others. This will help in making policy decisions,” said C Suvarna, member secretary, TSBB.
Experts of fields concerned will be called for a meeting, and list will be updated.