In October, five female wild buffaloes will be translocated for more than 1,500 km from Assam to the Udanti Wildlife Sanctuary in Raipur district, to revive the waning population of Chhattisgarh’s State animal.

Endangered species
The estimated population of the wild buffaloes (Bubalus arnee) in the Northeast is around 3,000-4,000, the largest in the country and accounting for 92% of the world population. It is listed under Schedule 1 of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, and classified as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, according to the WTI.