Manjira river is a tributary of Godavari river that flows in three states of India namely – Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. Of late the Manjira River running about 60 km from Hyderabad has seen a surge in freshwater crocodile population nearing 300 in number. This is a direct outcome of the efforts put in by the forest officicers to save the species from becoming extinct as the number had alarmingly fallen to less than 4 pairs in 1974.
P. Girish, a resident of Malkajgiri in Hyderbad, noticed an unusual animal on the roadside grass while on his way home. It was a star shelled tortoise. Girish brought the animal home and kept it safe for two days before handing it over to zoo officials on Sunday.
The Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad, has been adjudged the best Zoo in the country next only to Mysore Zoo, by the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI). The title comes because of the sincere efforts of Zoo officials to conserve endangered species through reproduction (captive breeding), and providing a better home for the animals and birds.