GCA is conducting research to better understand gharials and their needs in order to develop and carry out efficient conservation strategies.
Gharial Telemetry Project was initiated in June 2008 to investigate the circumstances of the 2007-08 mass die-off of gharials in lower Chambal River. Till date there are 20 gharials that have been tracked successively. These tracking studies are providing new insights on the ecology of gharials and would be beneficial for gharial population management.
Behavioral Ecology of Gharial on the Chambal River, India. 2013. (Download)
Gharial ecology on the Chambal River, India: A progress report. 2010. (Download)
Adult-young associations of free-living gharials in Chambal River, North India. 2010. (Download)
Spatial ecology of Gavialis gangeticus in the Chambal River, India. 2010. (Download)
Application of telemetry techniques in crocodilian research: gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) spatial ecology in the Chambal River, India. 2010. (Download)
Monitoring gharial populations is vital to determine the status of their populations, monitor the success of conservation efforts and to formulate conservation strategies for the future. The Gangetic Basin is being surveyed at the moment, and the rest of the gharial’s range will be surveyed eventually.
This project is a comprehensive assessment of gharials and their habitat. GIS is used to layer threats, nesting sites, important locations for gharials, etc. It will provide a clear picture of which areas carry important gharial populations, which areas are having the worst impact, and this will help in prioritizing actions for conservation management. (Link)
GCA has identified the following as research priorities for gharials –
If you are a postgraduate student or researcher interested in carrying out a study, please contact us. Foreign students/researchers will require an Indian Research Visa.