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Amrabad Tiger Reserve

Amrabad Tiger Reserve:

The leopard population increased considerably in Amrabad Tiger Reserve, according to the ‘Status of Leopards in India’ report released recently.

  • Amrabad Tiger Reserve is located in the Nagarkurnool and Nalgonda districts in the southern part of Telangana.
  • It is one of the largest tiger reserves in India. It is the second-largest Tiger Reserve in terms of core area.
  • Earlier, it was part of ‘Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve, but post-state bifurcation, the northern part of the reserve was vested with Telangana state and renamed ‘Amrabad Tiger Reserve’.
  • The southern portion continues to be ‘NSTR’ with Andhra Pradesh.
  • ATR covers a part of the Nallamala Forest and is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
  • Major reservoirs like the Srishailam Dam and Nagarjunsagar Dam are fed by the river Krishna and its several perennial streams that originate in the Tiger Reserve.
  • Flora: Dense grass occurs in 30% of the area and is scattered in an additional 20%.
  • Fauna: Major wild animals found are Tiger, Leopard, Wild dog, Indian Wolf, Indian fox, Rusty-spotted cat, Small Indian civet, Sloth bear, Honeybadger, Wild boar etc.