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Thanthai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Thanthai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary:

The Tamil Nadu government has declared 80,114.80 hectares of reserve forests in Bargur Hills in Erode district, as the Thanthai Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • This region is part of the corridor that connects the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) to the Male Mahadeshwara Hills Tiger Reserve and the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and plays a crucial role in maintaining a viable tiger population.
  • These forests occupy a prominent position in the Eastern Ghats as they merge with the Western Ghat at the Nilgiris.
  • The vast landscape is home to diverse flora and fauna, making it an ideal habitat for various life forms.
  • The landscape is interconnected to the Kollegal forests of Karnataka and the Nilgiris, creating one of the most diverse habitats in the region.
  • It is one of the tiger corridors identified by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.
  • The region is also part of the Nilgiris Elephant Reserve and is home to a healthy population of large herbivores including elephants and the Indian Gaur.
  • Also, the landscape is the catchment of the Palar River that drains into the Cauvery River and is a crucial water source for agricultural activities.
  • It is also of cultural and historical significance to tribal and local communities who depend on these ecosystems for their livelihoods and traditional practices.