About Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

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Following the pre-monsoon sign survey in the Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary, a prey density of 46 animals per sq km was recorded in the sanctuary.

About Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary

  • It is located between the Hirakud Dam (Mahanadi River) and the Reservoir in the state of Odisha.
  • It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985.
  • It finds a special mention because of noted freedom fighter Veer Surendra Sai. 
  • During his rebellion against the British Veer SurendraSaimade his base at ‘Barapathara” located within the sanctuary.
  • Fauna: The beautiful sanctuary is known for its easy sightings of animals particularly Indian Bison, Wild Boars and Sambhar etc.
  • Flora: It has a dry deciduous forest that attracts a host of birds during the winters.

What is Debrigarh 48 initiative?

  • The wildlife division had launched the ‘Debrigarh 48’ initiative to prevent villagers from harming the wildlife and collect intelligence from the periphery landscape through them.

Key facts about Hirakud Dam

  • It is a composite structure of earth, concrete and masonry. It is the longest major earthen dam in India.
  • It is one of the first major multipurpose river valley projects started after India's independence and began operations in 1957.

Q) What is a gravity dam?

A gravity dam is a type of dam that relies on its weight and the force of gravity to resist the pressure of water and other external forces. It is one of the oldest and most common types of dams used for water storage, hydropower generation, and flood control.

Source: Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary of Odisha records higher prey density