Tamil Nadu notifies Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary

CM MK Stalin, in a Twitter post, said it would be the 17th state wildlife sanctuary; protected areas fall under Hosur Forestry Division; the sanctuary is home to over 35 species of mammals and 238 species of birds

CM MK Stalin, in a Twitter post, said it would be the 17th state wildlife sanctuary; protected areas fall under Hosur Forestry Division; the sanctuary is home to over 35 species of mammals and 238 species of birds

The Tamil Nadu government has declared an area in the Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri Reserve Forests as the Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary. Comprising an area of ​​686,406 km2, it would form part of a protected landscape contiguous to the forests that currently constitute the Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary, shared between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary’s declaration to include 686.406 km² of reserve forest in the Anchetty, Urigam and Jawalagiri ranges of Hosur Forest Division, which includes forest tracts in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, has been made under section 26A(1)(b) of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

Legal status and protection

The declaration will give uniform legal status and protection to a contiguous network of protected areas that would stretch over 50 km. The declared landscape provides continuity of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve through Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Billigiri Rangaswamy Temple Tiger Reserve of Karnataka and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve and Erode Forest Division of Karnataka. Tamil Nadu.

The declaration was the result of a draft notification proposal by the Principal Chief Forest Conservator and Chief Wildlife Warden.

Elephant Habitat

According to the notification, the landscape now declared Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary is an important habitat for elephants comprising two corridors for elephants: the Nandimangalam-Ulibanda corridor and the Kovaipallam-Anebiddahalla corridor.

The Cauvery Basin ecosystem is also essential for a large number of riverine species dependent on the Cauvery River, the government notification states. The sanctuary’s rich biodiversity is home to over 35 species of mammals and 238 species of birds, which also include red-listed species in need of conservation.

Tiger Conservation

The Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary is also seeing a ripple effect of tiger conservation in adjacent contiguous areas, and the improved habitat will help recover the prey base and support the tigers that once inhabited this landscape. in the past, indicates the notification.

In a Twitter post, Chief Minister MK Stalin said, “I am pleased to announce that the GoTN has notified the ‘Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary’ as the 17th wildlife sanctuary in TN. This milestone along with the missions of the TN Green Climate Company will go a long way toward conserving our state’s rich biodiversity.

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