Dehradun: There seems to be some silver lining for endangered vultures which are facing threat of extinction. The vulture population in Rajaji National Park (RNP), which was on the verge of extinction during the last decade, has seen an improvement.

According to data, out of nine species of vultures found in the country, five are in Rajaji National Park, and something that’s most inspiring is that they are found in good numbers. Biggest among them, the Himalayan Griffon can also be seen in the Park.

The experts are attributing the rise in vulture population to the balanced ecological system in the national park.

“The presence of vultures in good number indicates restoration of the right ecological balance in the park”, Wildlife expert Dr Ritesh Joshi said, adding: “the strength of carnivorous and herbivorous species of vultures is sufficient. Vultures are thriving because of the adequate availability of food.”

RNP Director, SS Rsail praised the park administration for the marked restoration of the ecological system which further boosted the vulture conservation efforts, contributing to the rise of the scavengers.

Only a decade ago, vultures were vanishing fast in the country and Uttrakhand was not left untouched with the problem. The analysis revealed that use of pesticides like di-chloro-phenyl was one of the several factors responsible for disturbing the ecological balance.

Besides it, destruction of habitat and lack of food were also cited as few reasons behind the dwindling numbers of this endangered species.

The five species of vultures found in the park include King Vulture, Long Build Vulture, Indian White-backed Vulture, White Scavenger and Himalayan Griffon.

Amongst them, the Kind Vulture, Long Build Vulture and White-backed Vulture (Gyps bengalensis) have already been classified as  critically endangered, while the Scavengers have been declared as endangered by the Bird Life International organization.

JPN/Bureau