Over the years, the city has lost nearly 100 species of native shrubs, trees and grasses due to various factors, including sewage contamination of water bodies, increased demand for biological oxyg

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After educational institutions and resorts, it is the turn of firecracker manufacturers to set up units in the foothills of forests, posing a threat to locals and wildlife.

Water troughs created in dry patches in sanctuaries and national parks

Increased heat wave conditions, dry weather clubbed with water shortage may lead to more man-animal conflict this season, say the Forest Department sources.

More than 800 Olive Ridley turtles, which came to lay eggs on the beaches of Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, have died, it was reported on Tuesday.

N.V. Sivarama Prasad, District Forest Officer, Nellore, said such large-scale deaths of Olive Ridley turtles had not been reported from the Andhra Pradesh coast in the recent past. The deaths were caused mainly by the use of trawl nets by fishermen. Local fishermen used only gill nets, which did not pose a threat to the turtles.

Presence of vultures in at least half a dozen areas has been recorded for the first time by naturalists in the Nilgiris North Forest Division and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) during a two-day

The proposals sent by States are not demarcated scientifically

The Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to return the Ecologically Sensitive Zone (ESZ) proposals sent by various States as many of them are not demarcated scientifically. States will have to rework the proposals and resubmit them.

A considerable increase in the number of direct sighting of tigers was recorded in the eight-day tiger population estimation taken up in four tiger reserves in the State.

According to wildlife authorities in Aanamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) in Pollachi, three tigers were directly sighted and a similar number was reported in the newly formed Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve (STR) in Erode also.

Synchronised data collection will begin simultaneously in four Southern States

The synchronised phase one data collection for tiger census will begin simultaneously in the four Southern States – Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnata – on November 17.

Naturalists and environmentalists are shocked by the State Forest Department’s decision to increase fodder reserves in the forests.

At present the department has created fodder reserves in Coimbatore and The Nilgiris North Forest division totally in about 450ha.
The fodder is raised in the forest areas to reduce man-animal conflict, as the wildlife stray close to human habitation in search of feed and water only. Only with this objective the fodder plots have been raised claim the forest officials.