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Karnal institute to save Chhattisgarh state animal

chandigarh Updated: Oct 28, 2012 19:37 IST
Vishal Joshi

Credited with developing indigenous cloning techniques, hands of scientists at National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) of the district are now full with researching on cloning the endangered wild buffalo.

The Chhattisgarh government has reportedly approached the NDRI to clone its state animal ban bhainsa (wild buffalo).

Experts said the wild animal was similar to bison in appearance and a rare species.

Sources said once found in abundance in the central India, the buffaloes were now restricted to a few places in forests of the central Indian state.

They said cloning the buffalo would be a step to conserve the wildlife population.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), wild buffaloes were on the Red List of the threatened species.

It is also a Schedule-I animal under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Dr SK Singla, principal scientist of the NDRI biotechnology department, said on Sunday that the institute was yet to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Chhattisgarh government to clone the endangered species.

"We are working on the basic modalities before kicking off the project," he said.

Sources in the NDRI said that Dr Singla had been named as the team leader of the project.

"A team of scientists led by Dr Singla has recently visited Udanti forests in Chhattisgarh regarding the project. If it works fine, the initiative will pave a path in the direction of conserving lions, tigers and other wild animals," said a scientist who did not wish to be named.

The central government premier dairy research institute had cloned the world's first domestic buffalo and pashmina goat in the past.