Nilgiri Tahr

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News: The population of Nilgiri Tahr has risen from 568 in 2018 to 612 in 2019 in the Mukurthi National Park.

Facts:

About Nilgiri Tahr:

  • Description: Nilgiri Tahr, also known as Nilgiri Ibex, are stocky goats with short, coarse fur, bristly mane and curved horns.
  • Habitat: Inhabits the open montane grassland habitats. They are endemic to the Nilgiri Hills and the southern portion of the Western Ghats in Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Conservation Status:
    • Listed as Endangered in IUCN Red List
    • Listed under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972

Additional Information:

Mukurthi National Park

  • Location: It is located in the Tamil Nadu.
  • Forest type: Montane grasslands and shrublands interspersed with sholas
  • Fauna: Nilgiri tahr, Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, Nilgiri marten, Nilgiri langur
  • It is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve- the first biosphere reserve in India established in the year 1986. It is located in the Western Ghats and spreads over parts of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.