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Namdapha Flying Squirrel

Namdapha Flying Squirrel:

A Namdapha flying squirrel has resurfaced in Arunachal Pradesh after going missing for 42 years.

  • Namdapha flying squirrel is an arboreal, nocturnal flying squirrel endemic to Arunachal Pradesh.
  • It is one of the 43 known flying squirrel species in the world.
  • It was named the Namdapha Flying Squirrel after the location it was discovered in an area which falls under the Namdapha National Park.
  • These squirrels are not capable of flight like birds or bats; instead, they glide between trees.
  • They inhabit tall Mesua ferrea jungles, often on hill slopes in the catchment area of the Dihing River (particularly on the western slope of the Patkai range) in northeastern India.
  • They are herbivores (frugivores, granivores). They eat various fruits, nuts, seeds, fungi, flowers, and tree sap.
  • Conservation status:
    • UCN Red List: Critically Endangered
    • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: schedule II

Namdapha Tiger Reserve:

  • It is located in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Namdapha is the name of a river which originates from Daphabum and meets the Noa-Dehing river.
  • This river flows right across in a North-South direction of the National Park and hence the name Namdapha has been given.
  • This protected area is wedged between the Dapha Bum ridge of Mishmi Hills, of North Eastern Himalayas and the Patkai Ranges.