ZSI, EKWMA felicitate Anirban Chaudhuri

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On the occasion of World Wetlands Day (February 2), Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) and East Kolkata Wetland Management Authority (EKWMA) published a book titled ‘Pictorial Guide to Amphibians, Reptiles & Mammals of East Kolkata Wetlands’. The guide contains descriptions, details and color photos of commonly seen mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the said wetland area.

On this occasion, Anirban Chaudhuri, training co-ordinator, Counter Wildlife Trafficking, WCS-India, was felicitated by ZSI and EKWMA for his photographic contributions towards the guide. Anirban along with his fellow naturalist friend, Avrajjal Ghosh, has been documenting reptiles and amphibians of the East Kolkata Wetland (EKW) area since 2011. They have recorded about 21 species of snakes which includes the rediscovery of Bar necked Keelback (Fowlea schnurrenbergeri) and Painted Keelback (Xenochrophis cerasogaster) from the region.

Anirban Chaudhuri being felicitated at the evnt

EKW can be termed the kidneys of urban Kolkata and supports a host of birds, mammals, butterflies, insects and fishes. It not only supports a varied species of wildlife but also the livelihood of many people who are into agriculture and fishing. However, like most wetlands, EKW has also suffered due to urbanization and pollution from the ever growing city of Kolkata. One of the last strongholds of such beautiful fauna now seeks refuge in the shrinking corners of the wetland. During the program, the importance of a wetland like EKW and the need to preserve and protect such a biodiversity hotspot was also discussed. It should be noted that ZSI along with EKWMA is working on a collaborative detailed study on the fauna and ecology of EKW.

This book was released on February 5 by Dr. Kailash Chandra, director ZSI; Pair Chand (IFS), Director, Sunderbans Biosphere Reserve; Subhankar Sengupta (IFS), Field Director, Buxa Tiger Reserve and Anirudha Paul, Scientific Officer, EKWMA.

Painted Keelback ©Anirban Chaudhuri

Bar necked Keelback ©Anirban Chaudhuri

Banded Krait ©Anirban Chaudhuri

Water Monitor Lizard ©Anirban Chaudhuri

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