CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FOR NELAPATTU BIRD SANCTUARY, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIAC.V. Narasimha Murthy and P. Georgeena Kumari
At present, the Nelapattu sanctuary is the biggest pelicanry in India. As it is now very well known that the gray pelican is an endangered species, everything possible should be done to protect it from extinction, by intelligent management and control of all the factors connected with its survival. Hence in the present study an attempt is made to study the various conservation strategies for saving gray pelicans. There is an urgent need to develop the Nelapattu tank area as a very sound swamp ecosystem to be the home of winter breeding migrants. Some of the important conservation and management strategies are rising of an ambush cover on the tank embankment, creation of wildlife conservation consciousness among people, amplification of the anthropogenic attachments and protection and improvement of the existing forest in the sanctuary is highly essential. It emphasized that nesting space, nesting material, proximity of water as insulating medium, fishing grounds and protection from human activity, that were found to be governing the success of the Nelapattu sanctuary and the survival of Grey Pelican.
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