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M.M. Wildlife Sanctuary to be tiger reserve soon

M.M. Wildlife Sanctuary to be tiger reserve soon

The Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is going to be a tiger reserve. The approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is expected any time.

Key Points:

  • The final notification will be made by the State government once the NTCA gives its formal approval.
  • Once notified, Chamarajanagar district is to have a rare distinction in the country of harbouring 3 tiger reserves. 
  • It already has Bandipur and Biligiri Ranganatha Temple Tiger Reserve within its territorial limits.
  • Also, with this Karnataka will have 6 tiger reserves, the others are Nagarahole, Bhadra, and Anshi-Dandeli, apart from Bandipur and Biligiri Ranganatha Temple Tiger Reserves.
  • The sanctuary will be renamed as Malai Mahadeshwara Hill Tiger Reserve.
  • It is with a core area of 670.95 sq km which is spread across Malai Mahadeshwara Reserve Forest, Hanur Reserve Forest and Yediyarahalli Reserve Forest. 
  • This buffer will be spread over 235.19 sq km.
  • Currently, the sanctuary has about 20 tigers as evident in photographs from camera traps in Hanur, Ramapura, Hoogyam, P.G. Palya, M.M. Hills and Palar ranges, and also the wildlife experts vouch for its potential to rival the Bandipur-Nagarahole-Wayanad-Mudumalai landscape in the coming years.
  • The MM Hills wildlife sanctuary is spread over 906.18 sq km is contiguous to Biligiri Ranganatha Temple Tiger Reserve (584 sq km) on one side, Satyamangalam Tiger Reserve (1,412 sq km) in Tamil Nadu on the other, whereas the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary (1,027 sq km) also borders it. This acts as a sink to absorb surplus tiger population and help increase their numbers.

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