A biodiversity park to highlight importance of Tamil Nadu’s Sirumalai Hills

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The Government of Tamil Nadu is developing a Biodiversity Park in the Sirumalai Hill Range in Dindigul District.

  • Its main objective is to create awareness for sustainable management of ecologically sensitive areas.

  • The park is a nature preserve that shelters the region's natural heritage and has educational and cultural value, as well as enhances the quality of the environment.

  • Various biodiversity components such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians etc. are found here.

  • Various types of flowering plants have been planted around the park and necessary irrigation facilities have been provided.

  • Combinations of pollinating plants have also been planned to attract butterflies and host plants.

  • About Sirumalai Hill

  • This hill is spread over an area of 60,000 acres in Dindigul district. They are situated at a height of 400 to 1,650 metres above sea level, at a distance of about 25 km from Dindigul city.

  • Highly disturbed scrub forests are found in the lower hill ranges, while tropical mixed dry deciduous forests are found in the middle hill ranges and semi-evergreen forests are found in the higher hill ranges. Many rare and endemic plant species are found in this mountain range.

  • Gaur, leopard, spotted deer, mouse deer, jackal, sloth bear, wild boar, Indian pangolin and many species of reptiles are found in this area.

  • What is Biodiversity Park

  • A Biodiversity Park is a unique forest landscape that establishes an ecological assemblage of native plant and wildlife species as biotic communities in an area. This park is a nature reserve area that preserves natural heritage.

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