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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