The sanctuary is protected under India's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. The sanctuary is administered by the Department of Forest under the Project Officer with headquarter at Morena, Madhya Pradesh.
Ghariyals are reptiles which are generally confused with crocodile and alligator but this is a different species ,they have elongated snout which has a pitcher shaped structure on its tip.The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae,native to the Indian Subcontinent. The global gharial population is estimated at fewer than 235 individuals, which are threatened by loss of riverine habitat, depletion of fish resources and use of fishing nets. As the population has declined drastically in the past 70 years, the gharial is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.This sanctuary is an attempt to save them.
|Ghariya resting at the bank of Chambal river|
The rare Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista Gangetica), the sole member of the Cetaceans group is one of the
main attraction of the sanctuary. The Dolphins inspite of being blind can be seen
pursuing their playful antics in the water while coming out to breathe for air. The Chambal sanctuary is one of
their safest breeding areas. And one has to really lucky to sight one while cruising in the Chambal.Dolphinsins are one of the oldest creatures in the world along with some species of turtles, crocodiles and sharks. The Ganges river dolphin was officially discovered in 1801. Ganges river dolphins once lived in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Karnaphuli-Sangu river systems of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. But the species is extinct from most of its early distribution ranges