Odisha radio-tags rescued Indian pangolin
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- The Odisha Forest and Environment Department has completed its first ever radiotagging of the Indian pangolin using a VHF [very high frequency] radio transmitter.
- It is the State’s first attempt to standardize rehabilitation protocol for the animal
- It was rescued by the Paralakhemundi Forest Division last month, and was radiotagged and released in the Nandankanan Wildlife Sanctuary, in Bhubaneshwar Odisha.
- Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP), is the only conservation breeding center for Indian pangolins in the world.
- The center was established in 2009 to standardize the protocol for housing and husbandry of endangered species.
- After Madhya Pradesh, Odisha is the second State in the country to release a radiotagged Indian pangolin into the wild
- The exercise is expected to reveal valuable information on the ecology, dispersal pattern, home range, and survival of the reclusive animal.
- Pangolin is a nocturnal (awake and active at night and asleep during the day) animal that lives in burrows and feeds on ants and termites.
- Indian pangolin is the largest among eight pangolin species.
- Pangolins are the most illegally traded mammals in the world.
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