Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

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Overview:

Telangana is presently grappling with forest fires in Tadvai region of Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary.

About Eturnagaram Wildlife Sanctuary

  • It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1953.
  • The sanctuary is located near the border of Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.
  • The perennial river Dayyam Vagu flows through this beautiful sanctuary. This Vagu separates the wildlife sanctuary into two parts.
  • The sanctuary is also famous for the Sammakkka Sarakka Jathra, one of Asia's largest tribal jahtra, taking place here every two years.
  • The River Godavari also passes through the sanctuary.
  • Vegetation: The region falls in the tropical dry deciduous type of vegetation.
  • Flora: The sanctuary is thus rich in the growth of teak, bamboo and other trees like madhuca and terminalia. Climbers are the unique features which are found in abundance across the length and breadth of this Sanctuary.
  • Fauna:
    • The keystone species in the sanctuary are Indian gour and giant squirrel. 
    • It provides the dwelling ground for Tiger, Leopard, Jackals Sloth Bear, Panther, Wolf, Wild Dogs,Chousingha, Sambar

Q1) What are Deciduous Forests?

A deciduous forest is a biome dominated by deciduous trees which lose their leaves seasonally. The Earth has temperate deciduous forests, and tropical and subtropical deciduous forests, also known as dry forests.

Source: Forest fires singe Telangana wildlife sanctuaries