No less than 600 individuals all through Haryana participated in a three-day Monkey Census and documented roughly 6,000 monkeys on a specifically designed cell software by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).
Officers mentioned the monkey census was performed between April 28 and April 30 and was half of a bigger Wildlife Census for Haryana-2021, which was halted later retaining in view the growing variety of Covid circumstances within the state.
An official, who’s a member of a joint staff of WII, Dehradun, and Haryana Wildlife division, mentioned, “No less than 600 individuals documented not less than 6,000 monkeys from their balconies and/or rooftops of their homes in Haryana. We had put a situation that the individuals within the on-line survey won’t enterprise out of their homes for the survey. The animals could be solely noticed from inside the home. The utmost variety of responses had been acquired from the districts of Panchkula, Yamunanagar, Ambala, Kurushetra, Gurugram, Rewari, and Hisar. The cell software — titled ‘Wildlife Census Haryana’ — was designed by WII, Dehradun. We’re within the technique of streamlining the documented monkeys in a scientific method. The monkey census was a part of Wildlife Census 2021.”
The Wildlife Census 2021 was to be held in two elements — line transects survey inside and outdoors the Protected Areas and census by digital camera traps. The primary a part of coaching the sector workers of Haryana Forest and Wildlife division in regards to the methods to be adopted throughout the census has been accomplished.
IFS, ML Rajvanshi, Haryana, mentioned, “The growing variety of Covid-19 circumstances pressured us to halt the continued census. We accomplished the coaching for our discipline workers however determined to desert the sector survey retaining in view the security of untamed animals in addition to our workers members. We now have up to now not determined a date when the census can be resumed. The census was a lot awaited and we paid round Rs 42 lakh to WII, Dehradun, for a similar.”
Sources mentioned, “No less than 20 per cent staff of the state forest and wildlife division, particularly these working within the discipline, have been affected by Covid-19 up to now. The division has prohibited the entry of tourists to nationwide parks, zoos, wildlife sanctuaries within the state retaining in view of Covid-19 protocols.”