National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary – UP
The National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS) was set up in 1979 as a riverine sanctuary along an approximately 425 km length of the Chambal River and its ravines stretching over 2-6 km wide along the river. The Project is managed by the Wildlife wing of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department and is head-quartered at Agra. National Chambal Sanctuary is the main area for the species reintroduction programmme of the crocodilian species Gavialis gangeticus (Gharial) . Chambal supports the largest population of Gharials in the wild. It is one of the few places to spot the Platanista gangetica – Gangetic Dolphins. (National Aquatic Animal ) and also only known place where nesting of Indian Skimmers is recorded in large numbers.
Chambal supports 8 rare turtle species out of the 26 found in the country and also more than 320 resident and migrant birds.
NCS is a Tristate sanctuary with an area of 635 sq. kms in Uttar Pradesh, spread over Agra and Etawah districts. Part of the NCS also lies in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
NCS is listed as an important bird area (IBA) IN122 and is a proposed Ramsar site.
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