10 Aug 2020

Wayanad wildlife sanctuaryQuick read

Why in news?

  • The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS), home to the largest number of tigers in Kerala, is losing out on tiger reserve status following resistance by the local people.

About the sanctuary:

  • The sanctuary, spread over 344.44 sq km, is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere in the Western Ghats.
  • It is contiguous to the tiger reserves of Nagerhole and Bandipur of Karnataka and Mudumalai of Tamil Nadu.

  • A recent tiger monitoring programme of the Forest Department found that 75 of the 176 tigers in the State are in the WWS, which is part of a large forest complex holding the single largest population of tigers in India.
  • The sanctuary comes under Project Elephant.

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