CM to release Cheer Pheasant, an endangered species into the wild

North Gazette

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will attend a ceremony organised by Wild Life Wing of Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh on 3rd October, 2019 at Seri Village District Shimla. On this occasion Chief Minister would release into the wild, Cheer Pheasant, an endangered Himalayan Pheasant.

A spokesperson of the state government said this will be a reintroduction of Cheer Pheasant in Himachal Pradesh, as captive-bred birds and animals have high mortality rate upon release into the wild.

Cheer Pheasant is an endangered Himalayan pheasant red-listed by International Union for Conservation for Nature (IUCN). The Central Zoo Authority identified the Cheer Pheasant as a candidate species for Conservation Breeding with an objective to establish viable and self sustainable population.

Khadiyun Pheasantry in Chail was identified as a ‘coordinating zoo’ for carrying out the Conservation Breeding of Cheer Pheasant to which the next step is to release this species into the wild.