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Freshwater Black softshell turtle (Nilssonia nigricans)

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 21, Jun 2021
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Hayagriva Madhava temple in Assam has signed a memorandum of understanding with two green NGOs, the Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden and the Kamrup district administration for the long term conservation of the rare freshwater black softshell turtle

About Black Softshell Turtle( Nilssonia nigricans)

  • IUCN Status: Critically Endangered
  • CITES: Appendix 1
  • Wildlife Protection Act: Schedule IV
  • Habitat: Bangladesh and Indian state of Assam. The majority of this species’ population resides amongst sacred temple ponds

About Hayagriva Madhava temple

  • The Hayagriva Madhava temple is one of the important centers for Vaishnavism.
  • The temple exists on a hilly place which is located at Hajo nearby Guwahati, Assam.
  • It was estimated that the temple was built during the Pala period of 10th-12th century A.D