Wildlife conservation measures in the Nilgiris come in for praise

Conservation measures in the Nilgiris are satisfactory, observed the Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, V.T. Kandasamy here on Wednesday.

He was inaugurating a workshop on “Conservation Strategies for Vultures in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve”, organised by the Forest Department, the Nilgiris North Division and the Nilgiri Wildlife and Environment Association (NWLEA).

Pointing out that there is evidence to substantiate the claim, he said that out of about 1700 tigers in the country over 100 are in the Nilgiris and surrounding areas. Stating that it is something to be happy and proud of, he said that the contribution of all the stake holders should be acknowledged.

Underscoring the need to focus more on the conservation of birds in the Nilgiris, he commended the organisers of the workshop and added that it was the first of its kind in South India.

Expressing the view that it would be of considerable benefit to the field staff, Mr. Kandasamy said that Moyar valley and the Sigur plateau are ideal nesting habitats. Documentation of the workshop’s recommendations would be of considerable help while exploring the possibility of declaring the Nilgiris as a vulture sanctuary. The government would extend all possible support for the cause.

Addressing the gathering, the District Forest Officer, the Nilgiris North S. Ramasubramaniam said that nine species of vultures can be seen in and out of that four can be spotted in the Nilgiris.

Pointing out that the dwindling population of vultures is a major source of concern, he said that the vulture conservation measures in the Nilgiris have assumed considerable significance. Work on collecting data about the small but viable population of vultures in the Nilgiris will be initiated without delay and the people residing near vulture habitats including the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve would be sensitized. The workshop dealt on the status of vultures in various places including the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Wynad Wildlife Sanctuary and the Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary and listed the threats they faced.



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