Habitat

A range of fauna

Print edition : January 09, 2015

A male tiger resting near the Moyar river. Photo: Vijayakumar, WWF-India

The lush green Thengumarahada village on the bank of the Moyar river in the Nilgiris Eastern Slopes range, as seen from the top of the northern ridge. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The man-eating leopard of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, camera trap photograph. Photo: Tamil Nadu forest Department and WWF-India

The man-eating leopard of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve, camera trap photograph. Photo: Asasad sadsd

A view of the Germalum range, which looks much like the Western Ghats. Photo: A.J.T. JOHNSINGH

An ideal chowsingha habitat in the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Zizyphus mauritiana, the Indian plum tree. This one, at least 300 years old, with a girth measuring 363 centimetres, is pehaps the largest in south India. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

A male tiger in Dhimbam. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF-India

Female tiger in the Moyar valley. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF-India

Female tiger, Moyar valley. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF-India

Female tiger, Moyar valley. According to I. Anwarruddin, Field Director, Sathyamangalam reserve, there are around 50 tigers in the reserve. Photo: Tamil Nadu Forest Department and WWF-India

The Moyar valley, where it is most likely that once the cheetah hunted the blackbuck. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Cassia spectabilis, a problem species all through the moist areas of the lower Nilgiris. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Prickly pear (Opuntia dillenii) and mesquite (Prosopis juliflora), the invasive plant species which reduce the quality of the blackbuck and chital habitat. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The brown male blackbuck in the Moyar valley. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Male chowsingha. Note the absence of the anterior pair of horns. The south Indian species is known to have only the well-developed posterior horns. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The reintroduction of the chinkara will enhance the faunal diversity in the Sathyamangalam landscape. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

Chital doe and a sub-adult, Moyar valley. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The Mysore Zoo accommodates 60 nilgai. To reintroduce the animal in the Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve, disease-free nilgai should be brought from the zoo. Photo: A.J.T. Johnsingh

The big cat is doing well in the large core zone of the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in spite of the considerable human presence in its vicinity. A trek in the reserve offers an abundance of animal signs and sightings.
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