Friday, 22 September 2017

Wildlife Sanctuaries in News


Wildlife Sanctuaries in News


Kuno wildlife sanctuary to be notified national park
BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh



Wildlife board clears 2 oil refinery projects near Amsang sanctuary
GUWAHATI: The standing committee of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) has given nod to two projects of Gauhati Refinery located within 10 km of the Amsang Wildlife Sanctuary.




'No water woes for wildlife at Dalma this summer'
JAMSHEDPUR: Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary (DWS) has taken steps to ensure that wild animals here do not face any problem in availing clean water this summer.


Armori tigress shifted to Chaprala wildlife sanctuary, to be released today
Interestingly, the entire team of Wildlife Institute of India (WII) including tiger expert Bilal Habib, who is working on radio collaring project for tigers in Tadoba and its landscape, were conspicuous by their absence.

Nagpur: Fifteen days after it was captured from Armori in Wadsa Division of Gadchiroli, the three-year-old problem tigress was shifted to 134 sqkm Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary, 225 km from here, late on Monday evening.



Kodaikanal wildlife sanctuary's living centenarians
MADURAI: Once thick with indigenous vegetation, especially lush Shola forests and meadows, the flora of the Kodaikanal hills have changed since 1970s thanks to the industrial planting of eucalyptus, wattle and pine trees. While this endangered the native trees, some species predominantly three of them have stood the test of time.



Kela Maram (Chionanthus ramiflorus) is assessed to be about 300 years old, Thani Maram (Terminalia bellerica) about 200 years old, and Kona Maram (Celtis tetranda) is believed to be about 150 years old were documented recently by an avid conservationist in the Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary.


The sanctuary , spread in Western Ghats, is known for luxuriant flora and interesting fauna. It is bestowed with a variety of forests such as dry deciduous, semi-evergreen, evergreen, grassland and Shola forests.

Shola forests found here act as the overhead tank of the region supplying water not only to residents in the hills but those living in the foothills. "We could call these century-old trees inside forests as living organic monuments. The conservation of the trees and the forests is very much essential", said Sun dararaju.  



Tansa wildlife sanctuary falls prey to quarrying, timber mafia & brick kilns

Tansa spans 320 sq.km. in Thane and consists of tropical moist deciduous forests. The sanctuary also encompasses Tansa Lake, a critical source of drinking water for Mumbai and Thane supplying 455 million litres to the city daily. Yet its catchment forests are devoid of biodiversity that sustains similar ecosystems across the Western Ghats landscape. With approximately 60 villages located inside, the sanctuary faces tremendous anthropogenic pressure.


The Tansa Sanctuary is home to the critically endangered Forest Owlet. The species was considered extinct for 113 years until its rediscovery in November 1997 in Toranmal Reserve Forest of Shahada in Nandurbar. It was first spotted in Tansa in 2014. A recent survey by the Indian Bird Conservation Network reveals that the sanctuary and surrounding areas support a minimum population of 42 such birds.




7 arrested for unauthorized entry to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, teasing wildlife


KOZHIKODE: Forest officials arrested seven persons for unauthrorised entry to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and engaging in destruction of wildlife habitat and teasing wild animals.



ZSI and IUCN comes together for tiger conservation in Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary


DEHRADUN: Following their successful collaboration on a project aimed at conservation of lions at the Gir Forest National Park in Gujarat, the Zoological Society of London (ZSI) and International union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are coming together for the second time in another venture aimed at protection of tigers in the Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary (NWLS) in Kumaon



Unique twin Shivlinga found in Mhadei wildlife sanctuary

KERI: A group of heritage lovers trekking through the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary along the ancient trading route to Karnataka found a unique twin Shivlinga in Caranzol akin to one in Khadki area of Sattari.



"A twin Shivlinga signifies worship of Shiva and Shakti in indivisible form. The bigger in shape represents Lord Shiva while the smaller one his consort, Parvati," according to a noted indologist, Pramod Pathak.


''The trekkers were on their way to Krishnapur in Karnataka through the ancient trading route passing along river Mhadei in Kelghat towards Khanapur.

"Thick growth of shrubs and trees used to make it difficult for the traders to locate the route for the next season. As such, they used to build some religious shrines as landmarks for their ease. Traders mostly used the route to Halshi, an old capital after the completion of monsoon," a source said.


In Goa, Shiva is worshipped in the form of a linga -- a cylindrical mass resting in the middle of a rimmed, disc-shaped structure. It's a popular tradition here to worship a single shivlinga on the 'yonipitha'.


Damodar Kosambi, a well-known historian, mentions that great Buddhist monasteries were built especially along mountain passes on the main trade routes.




Two jumbos for Dalma sanctuary
Daltonganj: Decks have been cleared for transfer of two female elephants from Dalma sanctuary to National Park Betla here. One of the two elephants will replace the aged and sick female elephant Anarkali at the Betla national park

The park has two domesticated female elephants, Anarkali, whose health is deteriorating and Juhi. Anarkali had joined the park way back in 1981 when she was just 20 years old. The two elephants offer ride to tourists twice a day.




Umred wildlife sanctuary renamed
NAGPUR: In a populist move, the state government has renamed Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary (UKWS) in Bhandara and Nagpur districts as Umred-Paoni-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary.



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