Animals begin to arrive at Wayanad Sanctuary

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Animals begin to arrive at Wayanad Sanctuary:UPSC

With the rise in mercury in the Nilgiri Biosphere, the seasonal migration of wild animals from wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) has begun.

Key Facts:

  • Mammals such as elephants and gaurs migrate to the sanctuary from the adjacent Bandipur and Nagarhole national parks in Karnataka and the Mudumalai national park in Tamil Nadu in search of food and water.
  • Wildlife migration has started a little early this year, man-animal conflict is comparatively very low on the fringes of the sanctuary
  • Water sources in the sanctuary, including 30 earthen bunds, 45 check-dams and 235 waterholes, have been closely monitored with GPS every week to ensure drinking water for the wildlife.
  • Fire line has been erected along 230 km on the forest fringes to prevent wildfire. Apart from 25 permanent anti-poaching camps and five watch towers at important strategic points, 12 new treetop machans (temporary watchtowers) will start functioning in a week.

Wayanad Sanctuary:

  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is an animal sanctuary in Wayanad, Kerala, India.
  • It is part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.It is also known as virgin paradise because of its lush green mountains
  •  A variety of large wild animals such as Indian bison, elephant, deer and tiger are found there.

Source:The Hindu

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