Tamil Nadu notifies Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary as state’s 17th wildlife sanctuary

The Tamil Nadu government has notified the Cauvery South Wildlife Sanctuary on 68,640 hectares as the state’s 17th wildlife sanctuary, Chief Minister M K Stalin said.

The sanctuary, covering reserve forest areas in Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri districts, is home to 35 species of mammals, 238 species of birds, Leith’s soft shelled turtles, smooth coated otters, marsh crocodile and four horned antelopes, and is a wildlife paradise.

Grizzled giant squirrel, four-horned antelope, and Lesser Fish Eagle which are exclusively dependent on the Cauvery river and its riverine forest ecosystem, are also found here. These are also red-listed and in urgent need for focused conservation and protection of their habitat.

The sanctuary was notified under Section 26-A of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.

It will connect Cauvery North Wildlife Sanctuary of Tamil Nadu with the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary in neighbouring Karnataka thereby forming a large, contiguous network of protected areas for wildlife.