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Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Report of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR) water hole census has been released recently, Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra...


The recently released report of the STR water hole census recorded a total of 374 animals from 18 wild species of animals and birds.

About Sahyadri Tiger Reserve

  • Location: It is located in the Sahyadri Ranges of Western Ghats in Maharashtra.
  • It combines the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and the Chandoli National Park in the southern part of Maharashtra.
  • The region of the STR includes the area around the Koyna DamWarna River and many other small rivers and streams originating from the Western Ghats and flowing to the east.
  • VegetationEvergreen, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests.
  • The habitat of Sahyadri comprises woodlands, grasslands, and plateaus, locally known as “Sadaa.” These plateaus have a lateritic nature and hold considerable habitat value.

Tiger Status

The habitat has a good potential to support tiger and is linked to the Radha Nagri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Flora and Fauna

  • The reserve is abundant in fodder species like karvi, bamboo, and kumbal, as well as fruit species such as Zizyphus rugosa, Ficus racemosa, Sideroxylon tomentasa, Ficus arnottiana, Acacia concinna, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellerica, Vangueria spinosa, Emblica officinalis, and Carissa conjesta.
  • Endangered Carnivores: Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is home to endangered top carnivores like Tigers, Wild Dogs, and Leopards.
  • Herbivores: Herbivores such as Gaurs, Sambars, Four Horned Antelopes, Mouse Deer, and Giant Squirrels inhabit the reserve.
  • Notable Species: The area has documented species like the Atlas Moth, Moon Moth, and several endangered butterflies. Observers have also noted the presence of the Indian long-billed Vulture in the crest line of the reserve.

FAQs related to the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve:

What is the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve?

The Sahyadri Tiger Reserve is a protected area located in the Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra, India. It is formed by combining the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary and the Chandoli National Park.

What is the significance of the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve?

The reserve is important for its rich biodiversity and serves as a habitat for various endangered species, including tigers, wild dogs, leopards, and several species of herbivores. It also provides crucial ecosystem services and supports the conservation of the Western Ghats.

What is the vegetation like in the Sahyadri Tiger Reserve?

The vegetation in the reserve includes evergreen, semi-evergreen, and moist deciduous forests. It is characterized by a variety of plant species, such as karvi, bamboo, kumbal, Zizyphus rugosa, Ficus racemosa, Sideroxylon tomentasa, and many others.

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