Source: The post is based on the article “Tamil Nadu notifies Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary as state’s 17th wildlife sanctuary” published in Indian Express on 10th November 2022
What is the News?
The Tamil Nadu government has notified the Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary as the state’s 17th wildlife sanctuary.
What is Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary?
Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary is the 17th Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu.
Geographical area: The sanctuary will connect Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu with the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary in neighbouring Karnataka thereby forming a large, contiguous network of protected areas for wildlife.
– Two important and large elephant corridors namely, the Nandimangalam-Ulibanda Corridor and the Kovaipallam-Anebiddahalla Corridor fall in this area.
– This landscape maintains further continuity to the Nilgiri Biosphere through Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, Billigiri Rangaswamy Temple(BRT) Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.
Fauna: The sanctuary is home to 35 species of mammals, and 238 species of birds. Leith’s softshell turtles, smooth-coated otters, marsh crocodiles and four-horned antelopes are some of the species found here.
Note: Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has notified Kazhuveli Bird Sanctuary in Villupuram and Cuddalore districts, Nanjarayan Bird Sanctuary in Tiruppur district, Kadavur Slender Loris Sanctuary in Karur and Dindigul districts and Dugong Conservation Reserve in Palk Bay.