Recently, a pair of elusive wild dogs often referred to as Dholes, have made a rare appearance in Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Odisha’s Bargarh district.
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 Surendra Saimade 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.
Key facts about Dhole or wild dog
- It is a wild canid found in the forests of central, south, and southeast Asia.
- They can be seen as far north as Siberia, as far south as some Malaysian islands, and as far west as the Indian peninsula.
- They are found in three clusters across India, namely the Western and Eastern Ghats, the central Indian landscape and North East India.
- The Western and Eastern Ghats is a stronghold region for dholes.
- Habitat: They inhabit dense jungles, steppes, mountains, scrub forests, and pine forests.
- Conservation status:
- IUCN :Endangered
- CITES: Appendix II
- The Wildlife Protection Act 1972: Schedule II
Q1) Where is Hirakud Dam?
The Hirakud Dam is a major multipurpose dam located in the Indian state of Odisha. It is one of the longest dams in the world and plays a crucial role in water resource management, irrigation, hydroelectric power generation, and flood control in the Mahanadi River basin.