Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary

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Overview:

Recently, amidst the scorching heat, good news came from the Satkosia wildlife sanctuary where the breeding of Indian Skimmers has been recorded for the first time.

About Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary: 

  • It is a popular wildlife destination located in the state of Odisha.
  • It is situated on the banks of the Mahanadi River.
  • The sanctuary has been recognized as a critical tiger habitat by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
  • Flora: It is home to a diverse range of flora, including dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, and tropical moist forests. The sanctuary is known for its Sal forests, which cover a large part of the area.
  • Fauna: Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Wild dogs, Sloth bears, Gaurs, sambar deer, spotted deer etc.

Key Facts about Indian Skimmers estuaries , IUCN: Endangered, Odisha,

  • It is found in the coastal estuaries of western and eastern India.
  • It occurs primarily on larger, sandy, lowland rivers, around lakes and adjacent marshes and, in the non-breeding season, in estuaries and coasts.
  • About 20% of the total population of fewer than 2,500 birds nest along river Chambal.
  • Conservation status:
    • IUCN: Endangered

 


Q1) What is the National Tiger Conservation Authority?

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is a statutory body of the Government of India, responsible for the conservation of tigers and their habitats in India. It was established in 2005 under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, and is headquartered in New Delhi.

SourceIndian skimmers breed at Satkosia wildlife sanctuary