Archive for the ‘Kerala Wildlife’ Category

Green Passports for Wildlife Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

Nature lovers in the state have something to cheer about – some of them will be issued green passports! This venture will encourage conservation of forests and wildlife among wildlife enthusiasts. It was first introduced to environmental organisations and school forest clubs near the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Pathanamthitta district, by the Forest Department. Using this passport, around 40 students from 17 schools visited the reserve forest.

A green passport runs into about a hundred pages, with photos and details of the holder, do’s and don’ts during trekking and the number of visits and forests visited, etc. They can go trekking in inner forests and protected regions in Kerala, and the passport will be verified at each check post in reserve forests and protected areas.

Vulture population rises in Moyar Valley in the Nilgiris

The NGO’s and authorities of the State Forest Department involved in the vulture conservation in the Moyar Valley in the Nilgiris are a happy lot. Number of endangered species of vultures is stabilizing. Several vulture nests were found in Semmanatham, Jallikadavu and Siriyur in the Nilgiris North Forest Division, where one can find four species of vultures: Oriental White-backed, Indian, Red-headed and White Scavenger vultures.

The Sigur Plateau, where the Moyar valley and river are located, is important for its elephant and tiger wildlife corridor between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats. It borders Bandipur National Park to the northwest, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary to the west, and Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and Nilgiris East ranges to the east. The area is drained by the Moyar, Sigur, Avarahalla, Kedarhalla and Gundattihalla rivers.

A new wildlife sanctuary for Kerala!

Yes, isn’t that great news? The area that’s going to be made one is the Silent Valley buffer zone. It covers 148sq.km and will be named Bhavani-Kadalundi Wildlife Sanctuary.  The sanctuary will comprise the Mannarkkad Forest Division in Palakkad and the Nilambur South Forest Division in Malappuram. Two rivers that flow through the proposed sanctuary are the Bhavani River and Kotapuzha River.

The Silent Valley National Park is best visited between December and April. There are bungalows and rooms available for accommodation within the forests. The nearest railhead is at Palakkad, 55km away, and the closest airport is in Coimbatore, 100km away. It is easily reachable from Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

International Conference On Bear Research And Management

Bears don’t usually hit headlines for conservation. But this piece of news is exciting – recently 26 states drew up action plans for conservation and welfare of bears. They will be released during the 21st international conference on bear research and management in Delhi soon.

Zoo authorities, wildlife institutes, societies, welfare associations and the  ministry of environment and forests were part of the meeting that discussed the national plan. It looks at topics such as bear habitats, threats, human-bear conflict, research work and conservation, and difficulties faced by the states in bear conservation. Bears are hunted for meat as well as their body parts traded in.

This is one animal found in all parts of the country. There are many varieties, too. It is interesting to note that four out of eight species of bears in the world are found in India – the Himalayan bear, the sloth bear, the Asiatic black bear and the sun bear.

Coimbatore Photo Exhibition on Western Ghats

The Western Ghats is an area of rich biodiversity, and several projects and ecological ventures are part of it. Recently, a photography exhibition portraying its biodiversity was inaugurated in Coimbatore. It is organised by an NGO called Siruthuli, as part of the World Wildlife Week celebrations. About 50 photos, all clicked by eminent wildlife and nature photographers, are targeted at the youth on topics such as conservation and preservation of environment.

The exhibition which was inaugurated by S Balaji, additional principal chief conservator of forests and director of Tamil Nadu Forest Academy, shows off many endemic species of animals, birds and plants.

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