Q. Which of the following species is/are found in National Chambal Sanctuary?
1. Gharials
2. Fresh water river dolphins
3. Smooth-coated otters
Select the correct answer using the code given below:

[A] 1 only

[B] 1 and 2 only

[C] 2 and 3 only

[D] 1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

The National Chambal Sanctuary, that stretches over the Chambal River (that spreads to Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan).

· The sanctuary was granted Protected Area Status in 1979, to revive the gharial population that was once subject to rampant poaching.

· This river is home to freshwater river dolphins.

· The river is home to a variety of birds as well, including sandpipers and egrets and bar-headed geese.

· The red-naped ibis and Ruddy shelduck, as well as painted storks that added a dash of colour to the stark landscape.

· The famed gharials, crocodiles and the critically endangered red-crowned roofed turtles.

· The smooth-coated otters reside in Chambal Sanctuary

Source: The Hindu