Great Indian Bustard
The Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) is a stunning emblem of India’s vanishing grasslands. It is one of the most critically endangered bird species in the world. With less than 150 individual birds remaining, WCS-India will launch a project towards recovery of Great Indian Bustards in the Thar Desert landscape of Rajasthan. The project, led by Mr. N. K. Vasu, a retired officer from the Indian Forest Service, will be based in the Desert National Park and the Pokhran Field Firing Range which constitute the critical habitat of the species. WCS-India will assist the Government of India in this project, and establish a community-led conservation model with the goal of saving Great Indian Bustards from the brink of extinction.