Issue Date: Feb 28, 1994
THE FAILURE of the Siberian cranes to pay their annual migratory visit, in mid-November, to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur is fuelling anxiety that these birds may be on the brink of extinction.
The number of Siberian cranes coming to Bharatpur has declined steadily since 1969. In 1964, they had totalled more than 200. In 1982, there were 38 cranes and by 1990, the figure had gone down to 10. Last year, just five birds arrived.