Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve: Where elephants can walk free again

TH12Elephant 2The Supreme Court judgment directing the Nilgiris administration to remove encroachments from the elephant corridor, part of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve’s buffer zone, will allow free movement of animals and is a big step towards preserving the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve.

When revenue officials in the Nilgiris ordered the management of Glanton Inn, one of 27 illegal resorts in the buffer zone of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR), to pull down hoardings outside the hotel on Friday, it was the culmination of an almost eight-year legal battle waged by conservationists to preserve one of the most important elephant corridors in the world.

The Supreme Court’s direction to the district administration to seal, within two days, 27 of the 39 biggest resorts in the Sigur pleateau, mostly in the Bokkapuram, Mavanallah and Vazhaithottam areas, just below the slopes of the Kalhatti, is being seen by conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts as a long-overdue step to preserve the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve (NBR).

Read the full article in The Hindu

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