Fauna

The Bulandshahr Doab region is rich when it comes to fauna. Historically, the Ganga-Yamuna region was densely forested, and the thick forest cover was scarcely interrupted by pockets of villages and settlements. According to historical texts and records wild elephants, buffalos, bison, rhinoceroses, lions, and tigers were hunted here. This is evidenced by the tiger skins and deer antlers that are still preserved by families in their homes.  However, most of the original vegetation has disappeared to give way for intensive agriculture. Presently, there are few large wild animals apart from deer, boars, wolves, jackals, and foxes. Yet, the region is still home to a wide variety of fauna – from fireflies, to peacocks, to leopards.

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The waters of the river Ganga, itself is rich in diverse fauna. Over 140 species of fish have been found within the waters of the Ganges and its tributaries. Additionally, there are over ninety species of amphibians inhabiting the river and its surrounding regions. The Ganges is also home to several critically endangered species, like the freshwater turtles, Asian small-clawed otters, Gharial crocodiles, and the extremely rare Ganges Shark.

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