Pilibhit Tiger Reserve : Five-Year-Plan To Safeguard Turtles
Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) has embarked on an ambitious journey by formulating its inaugural ‘five-year-plan’ to safeguard turtles, conduct species identification and estimate their populations both within and outside the reserve.
- Pilibhit Tiger Reserve is located in Pilibhit District, Lakhimpur Kheri District and Bahraich District of Uttar Pradesh.
- It lies along the India-Nepal border in the foothills of the Himalayas and the plains of the ‘terai’ in Uttar Pradesh.
- The river Gomti originates from the reserve, which is also the catchment of several others like Sharda, Chuka and Mala Khannot.
- The Sharda Sagar Dam extending up to a length of 22 km (14 mi) is on the boundary of the reserve.
- Vegetation: North Indian moist deciduous type.
- It is characterized by sal forests, tall grasslands and swamps, maintained by periodic flooding from rivers.
- It is home to a myriad of wild animals including the endangered tiger, swamp deer, Bengal florican, hog deer, leopard, etc.