Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

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Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
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Hump Nosed Viper (Hypnale hypnale) at Shendurney WLS, Kerala, India.
Map showing the location of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Map of Kerala
Location Western Ghats, India
Nearest city Trivandrum
Coordinates 8°48′43″N 77°09′00″E / 8.812°N 77.15°E / 8.812; 77.15Coordinates: 8°48′43″N 77°09′00″E / 8.812°N 77.15°E / 8.812; 77.15[1]
Area 171 km2 (66 sq mi)
Established 1984

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats, India. It is located in Kollam District, Kerala and comes under the control of Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve. It was established in 1984 and comprises 171 square kilometres (66 sq mi). The name is a corruption of the Chengurinji, a tree endemic to the region (Gluta travancorica).[2] The sanctuary surrounds the reservoir of the Thenmala Dam.

Tropical evergreen and semi evergreen forest cover a major area of the sanctuary.[3] It has a presence of lion-tailed macaque, a highly endangered species. A brood of the highly elusive nocturnal forest bird, the Great Eared Nightjar was spotted for the first time at Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary in Kollam, Kerala. Earlier, it was recorded from the Siruvani foothills in Tamil Nadu in May 1995. The Great Eared Nightjar (Eurostopodus macrotis bourdilloni) belongs to the nightjar family. It gets its name from the two erect earlike tufts of feathers on its head, behind the eyes).

The first eco-tourism project in India, Thenmala Eco-tourism Project has been formulated in and around Shenduruney Wildlife Sanctuary.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shendurney Sanctuary". protectedplanet.net. 
  2. ^ "Royal reserve". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary". Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  4. ^ http://shendurney.com/html/significance.htm