Eravikulam National Park : Birth Of Two Nilgiri tahr
Eravikulam National Park (ENP), a natural habitat for the endangered Nilgiri tahr, reported two tahr births recently.
- Eravikulam National Park is Located In Kerala
- It was declared as a National Park in 1978.
- This is also the land of “Neelakurinji”, the flower that blooms once in twelve years.
- The highest peak south of the Himalayas – The Anamudi (2695 meters) is situated in this park.
- Important flora includes Actinodaphne bourdilloni, Microtropis ramiflora, Pittosporum tetraspermium, Eupatorium adenophorum, Strobilanthus Kunthianus (Neela Kurinji)
- 29 Species of mammals are found here of which 5 are endemic to the Western Ghats.
- The Nilgiri Tahr, Gaur, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Tiger, Leopard, Giant Squirrel and wild dog are common.
- Half the world population of the endangered Nilgiri Tahr lives here.
- It is a sure-footed ungulate that is endemic to the southern part of Western Ghats.
- Scientific name: Nilgiritragus hylocrius
- It is also the state animal of Tamil Nadu.
- Conservation Status:
- IUCN: “Endangered”
- Wildlife (Protection) Act of India, 1972 : Schedule 1