Srivilliputhur sanctuary has the highest leopard density: Ministry of Environment

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Srivilliputhur sanctuary has the highest leopard density: Ministry of Environment

Srivilliputhur sanctuary has the highest leopard density: Ministry of Environment

Recently, the Ministry of Environment, Government of India has recently released an important report, which states that the ‘Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary’ in the Western Ghats has the highest leopard density.

  • This report of the Ministry of Environment is titled “The status of leopards, co-predators and mega herbivores in India – 2018”.
  • According to the report, the leopard density in Mudumalai Tiger Reserve is 12.11, in Sthyamangalam Tiger Reserve is 7.05 and in KalakadMundanthurai Tiger Reserve is 10.18.

Western Ghats:

  • It is to be known that, apart from being the biodiversity hotspot of India, the Western Ghats is also included in only 8 hottest hotspots in the world.
  • The Western Ghats is spread over 6 states of India Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. In 2012, UNESCO included 39 sites of the Western Ghats in the World Heritage List.

Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary

  • This sanctuary is located in Tamil Nadu and has the highest density of leopards per 100 square kilometer.
  • Although the number of leopards in Tamil Nadu is around 828 to 908, the leopard density in Srivilliputhur Sanctuary is 20.43 (per 100 sq. KM).
  • This sanctuary and Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary have been jointly declared as Tiger Reserve.

Source – The Hindu

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