May 25, 2024

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The recently declared Srivilliputhur-Megamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu will provide protection to Megamalai.

Establishment:

  • It was established in February 2021. It was jointly declared by the Centre and Tamil Nadu governments.
  • For this, the Megamalai WLS and the adjoining Srivilliputhur WLS were clubbed together.
  • Srivilliputhur-Megamalai Tiger Reserve is the fifth Tiger Reserve of Tamil Nadu, and 51thtiger reserve of India.

Ecological Diversity:

  • Animals seen here are Bengal tiger, elephants, gaur, Indian giant squirrel, leopard, Nilgiri Tahrs, etc.
  • It has a mix of tropical evergreen forests and semi-evergreen forests, dry deciduous forests and moist mixed deciduous forests, grassland.
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