Conservation

Photo essay on the upper Nilgiris

A.J.T. Johnsingh D. Boominathan N. Ravikumar K. Vijayakumar R. Raghunath

 

A normal leopard (male) and a black leopard (female) in the upper Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu. Photo: Prakash Ramakrishnan
Mukurthi Peak, after which the Mukurthi National Park is named.
A group of Nilgiri tahrs. Photo: A. Vinoth/WWF India
Leopards were found in camera traps in 145 locations. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF India
Cestrum aurantiacum, native to the Americas but a weed in the Nilgiris. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Eriobotrya japonica, native to south-central China, grown for its fruit; its leaves are used to make tea. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Euphorbia pulcherrima, a Christmas plant. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A neatly planned hamlet in the Nilgiris. Care should be taken not to allow human populations and concrete constructions to increase in the upper Nilgiris, and efforts should be made to increase its vegetation cover. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Berberis tinctoria, a sloth bear food plant that is edible for humans too. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A Sambar stag in hard antler. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A Gaur group . Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A jackal with a sambar leg scavenged from a tiger kill. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A leopard basking on a rock. Photo: Prakash Ramakrishnan
Tea gardens and labour colonies. The forest on top of the hill is vital for water conservation. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Tibouchina urvilleana, or princess flower, one of the lovely exotic flowers of the Nilgiris. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A saddleback , or mature male tahr. Photo: A. Vinoth/WWF India
Anaphalis neelgerryana on Glenmorgan Hill. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A Nilgiri langur at Cairn Hill, a tourist spot on the outskirts of Ooty. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
Feral buffaloes in Parson's Valley; they sometimes chase people. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A sambar stag in the last stages of velvet on Kolaribetta, which at 8,625 feet is the second highest peak in Tamil Nadu. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh
A pair of Nilgiri martens (the Himalaya has yellow-throated martens). Photo: Prakash Ramakrishnan
black leopards were photographed in camera traps in 10 locations. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF India
WWF India camera trap studies carried out in 2018 in the western part of the upper Nilgiris (about 500 sq km) indicated the presence of 35 individual tigers, photographed in 99 locations. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF India
Elephants periodically range into the upper Nilgiris. Photo: D. Boominathan/WWF India
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