A 30-member team on Monday started the census of Nilgiri tahr in the 97-sq.km. stretch of the Eravikulam National Park in Munnar. The census is being held after the two-month breeding season of Nilgiri tahr for which the park was closed. The area inhabited by Nilgiri tahr is divided into 13 blocks for census which will b conducted by environmentalists and officials of the Forest Department. It will conclude on April 28.
Nilgiri tahr is endemic to the Eravikulam National Park of the Western Ghats and is a major attraction for tourists and environmentalists. Since Nilgiri tahr faces threat from carnivorous animals and natural factors, the Forest Department has adopted strict measures for their protection.
A preliminary unofficial survey this season found 47 newborns. An official of the Forest Department said that though the census may not yield an exact figure, it would provide a clear picture of whether there was an increase in their number. This in turn would the authorities help adopt strategies for the animal’s protection.
Source:The Hindu,23 April 2013