The canopy walk facility at a height of 25 feet at the Dalma Sanctuary will be set up soon.
About Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary:
o It is located 10 kilometers from the city of Jamshedpur in the state of Jharkhand.
o It is situated around the Dalma Hills on the Chottanagpur Plateau.
- The Sanctuary gets its name from the "Dalma mai" a local goddess who is revered and worshipped by the local people and the people of adjoining villages of Dalma.
- Inaugurated in 1975, it contains a significant population of Indian Elephants.
- The sanctuary covers almost 193 sq. km. of forest area.
- The entire forest of Dalma Sanctuary falls in the catchment of the Subarnarekha River and Dimna Lake of Jamshedpur.
- Vegetation: The forests of Dalma come under the category "Dry peninsular Sal" and "Northern dry mixed deciduous Forest".
- Flora: Medicinal plants like Ananatmula, Satawari, Sarpgandha, etc. are abundant in the sanctuary. Various types of trees, climbers, herbs, shrubs, and orchids are found here.
o Beside elephants, the sanctuary has a considerable population of other wildlife like barking deer, wild boar, giant squirrel, porcupine, pangolin, sloth bear, etc.
o Commonly seen birds in the sanctuary are falcons, golden oriole, Indian tree pie, paradise fly catchers, grey hornbills, Indian peafowl, etc.
Q1: What is the Chottanagpur Plateau?
It is a plateau in eastern India. Located in the north- eastern edge of the Indian peninsula, the Chota Nagpur Plateau covers much of the state of Jharkhand as well as adjacent parts of Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. It has the Indo-Gangetic Plain to the north and east of the plateau and the basin of the Mahanadi River lies to the south.The plateau is composed of Precambrian rocks (i.e., rocks more than about 540 million years old).