Similipal creates a meadow for animals | Bhubaneswar News – Times of India
Bhubaneswar: To create a pasture for herbivores and a hunting ground for carnivores, the Similar The authorities of the tiger reserve (STR) have transformed an area of 40 hectares into grassland.
The area had previously been vacated by Kaijhari villagers as part of a resettlement project to preserve a core area of the reserve. Human habitation in the core area of a reserve creates disturbance for animals. About 80 families had left the village for a rehabilitation colony in 2017 by taking advantage of the government compensation scheme.
Wildlife officials said the total area of the village is 60 hectares, of which more than 40 hectares have been used for grassland. “For any wildlife reserve, creating new grassland, maintaining existing ones, and ensuring an undisturbed space around nature reserves are major elements of conservation. After the relocation of the villagers, the area was gradually developed to grow grass in consultation with grass experts,” said the deputy director (Similipal nord), Sai Kiransaid.
STR currently has over 1,100 hectares of grassland, mainly in its core areas of Upper Barakamada, Meghasuni, Devasthali, Pithabata range, Jenabil and more Chahala Nawna and Gurguria. The reserve covers 2,750 km². Herbivores such as sambar, deer, wild boar, bison and elephants roam the grasslands with their herds. “In the new meadow of Kiajhariwe have spotted several herds of herbivores recently,” said Pradip Dey, assistant conservator of forests (Similipal nord).
Previously, the authorities of Similipal had created a grassland of more than 40 hectares in the village of Jamunagarh located in the central area. No less than 49 families had been moved from the village in 2016 to a resettlement colony.
According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) 2018 census, Similipal boasts of 28 big cats, 8 of which had been captured in camera traps. The latest tiger estimate report for all of India is expected to be released in November.
Previously, Similipal had introduced alternating weeding of the grass every 20 meters to facilitate camouflage and the hunting of tigers. If the grass is cut every 20 meters, wild animals will have space to hide when hunting for prey. Similipal also boasts of around 1,075 species of plants. No less than 95 species of orchids have also been found. Grasslands provide robust grazing ground for herbivores. Recently, Debrigarh Sanctuary also planned to develop grasslands in four villages after the villagers were displaced. The department has 450 hectares to develop grasslands.