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Crocodiles returning to capital after almost 100 years

Chetan Chauhan , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, December 18, 2012
First Published: 01:48 IST(18/12/2012) | Last Updated: 01:56 IST(18/12/2012)

Crocodiles are set to return to the Capital after almost a century. Lieutenant-governor Tejinder Khanna has approved a plan to set up a crocodile park — the first of its kind in Delhi — on the banks of the Yamuna.

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“We’ll have crocodiles in phase-II of Yamuna Biodiversity Park,” said CR Babu, professor emeritus in DU’s biology department.

Crocodiles found in the Yamuna before Independence were reportedly hunted by British soldiers till there were none left. Now, the government plans to relocate them from the Chambal in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The environment ministry will soon be approached for the project, which is part of an initiative to bring back Delhi’s native species.


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