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