India’s first wildlife diseases atlas almost ready

August 1st, 2008 - 12:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 1 (IANS) The country’s first atlas of wildlife diseases, their diagnosis and management is almost ready. It is being prepared by B.M. Arora who used to be a principal scientist at the Bareilly-based Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI).

“The atlas represents and suggests treatments for various wildlife health disorders and infections that have been reported from various parts of the country.

“Moreover, the atlas, with over 1,000 photographs, also analyses cases of poaching and killings of wild animals by poisoning and other means,” Arora told IANS on phone from Bareilly.

The coloured atlas will serve as a guide for zoo officials, veterinarians and those working in wildlife management, he added. “It will help scientists and researchers establish possible causes behind the death of a particular animal.”

Called A Coloured Atlas of Wildlife Disease and Disorder, the atlas is being published from Lucknow. The atlas will also act as a reference material for cases registered under wildlife act. It has 1,070 wildlife case studies from Assam, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and other states, Arora said.

“It will be available at shops by the end of August,” said Arora, who has already written over 24 books on wildlife.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) of Uttar Pradesh Government gave Arora a Rs.200,000 grant to help in his research.

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