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In India, if a species of tortoise is declared protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, what does it imply?
(a) It enjoys the same level of protection as the tiger.
(b) It no longer exists in the wild, a few individuals are under captive protection; and how it is impossible to prevent its extinction.
(c) It is endemic to a particular region of India.
(d) Both(b) and(c) stated above are correct in this context.



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Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 provides the highest level of protection to species listed under it. This includes strict penalties for offenses related to hunting, poaching, trade, or any harm to the species. By placing a tortoise species under Schedule I, it indicates that it is considered highly endangered or threatened and requires stringent measures for its conservation and protection.


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