Each state has its own state animal, state bird, state flower, and a state tree, it’s a practice that dates back to the 1970s.
So, we are going to take a tour from the states about how the wildlife is drastically being affected…
Chattisgarh: Wild Buffalo
No increase in the number of wild buffaloes for time being. The problem lies in the lack of breeding females. However, the authorities are trying cloning.
Gujarat: Asiatic Lion
It is being noted a 29% increase in population (674 lions themselves in Gir Forest).
They were on the verge of extinction before becoming a state emblem of Gujarat, rarely that are spotted in Bengal too, but mostly in Gir forest
Rajasthan: Indian Bustard (State bird)/ Chinkara (State Wild Animal)
Chinkaras, in addition to being the state wild animal it is also revered by many communities. And, yet they are poached almost every month. Since becoming a State bird Indian Bustard has become a celebrity, though the population is dropping continuously.
Our National bird
Peafowl, despite being declared the National Bird, is protected not because of that reason. Instead, it is because of their association with Hindu deities like Krishna and Murugan.
Is culture more important than species?
Is it really necessary to protect a species only when they are declared as an emblem?
How small are we to not protect them even after making them an emblem? Think.
Do let us know your thoughts about what the government is doing to protect our wildlife in the comment section.