Two eggs of the Great Indian Bustard were recently artificially hatched in a hatchery in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The bustard is a critically endangered species with only 160 birds left in the world. The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests has introduced a recovery programme to increase the population of this bird. As part of this programme, two captive breeding centres were created in Rajasthan. Most of the eggs brought to this centre are from the wild breeding population. These birds lay only one egg a year. Thus, protecting the egg and ensuring the egg hatches and chick survives is one of the most important jobs of the breeding centres.