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Climate Change Threatening 60% of the Endangered Nilgiri Tahr's Habitat

Published on July 16, 2018
A call to save an endangered species. According to a recent study published in the international journal: Ecological Engineering, climate change is threatening the Nilgiri Tahr.
Climate Change Threatening 60% of the Endangered Nilgiri Tahr's Habitat

  • It is estimated that the endangered wild goat could lose approximately 60% of its habitat, starting from 2030s.
  • There are only around 2,500 Nilgiri Tahrs left in the wild and their population is small and isolated.
  • It makes them vulnerable to local extinction.
  • The study emphasises need for ecological restoration of Nilgiri tahrs.
  • It also highlights demand for comprehensive species management plan.

About the Nilgiri tahr:

  • It is the state animal of Tamil Nadu.
  • It is endemic to the Western Ghats from the Nilgiris to Kanyakumari.
  • It is confined to a narrow belt of higher elevation (altitudes) of Shola Forests in the Western Ghats.
  • IUCN in its red data book has classified it as Endangered (number fewer than 2,500 mature individuals).
  • Besides, it is a protected species under Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.
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