Conservation Status of Large Mammals in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Western Ghats, India
We studied large mammals in Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala. Twenty-seven species of large mammals were recorded during the study. As a rain shadow region in Kerala, the vegetation includes dry forest types with good riparian forests and little evergreen forest in upper reaches. This variation in vegetation types supports a wide variety of large mammals; however, the river system and riparian forests are crucial for the persistence of some of the mammal species in the sanctuary including grizzled giant squirrel. Anthropogenic pressure like habitat fragmentation and disturbance is the limiting factor for their abundance. Limiting the anthropogenic pressure with a focus on a different taxonomic group of mammals is recommended as more active conservation.
KeywordsChinnar Density Distribution Diversity Mammals
We thank the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (CWW) and the officials of the Kerala Forest Department for permission to carry out the study and also for assistance in the field.
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