Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve
|Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve|
|Location||Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta, Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli Districts|
|Area||3,500.36 km2 (1,351.50 sq mi)|
ABR straddles the border of Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram Districts in Kerala and Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts in Tamil Nadu, South India at the southern end of the Western Ghats. The Biosphere lies Between 8° 8' to 9° 10' North Latitude and 76° 52' to 77° 34' East Longitude. Central location is .
It is composed of Neyyar, Peppara and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuaries and their adjoining areas of Achencoil, Thenmala, Konni, Punalur, Thiruvananthapuram Divisions and Agasthyavanam Special Division in Kerala. Inclusion of adjoining areas of Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu has been approved. The reserve now covers parts of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari Districts in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Pathanamthitta Districts in Kerala.
ABR includes the Indian Ecoregions of South Western Ghats moist deciduous forests, South Western Ghats montane rain forests and Shola. It is the habitat for 2,000 varieties of medicinal plants, of which at least 50 are rare and endangered species. Rare animals include the tiger, Asian Elephant, and Nilgiri Tahr. Agastyamalai is also home to the Kanikaran, one of the oldest surviving ancient tribes in the world. Ecotourism is popular in the area.
Kanikkarans are the Original tribal Settlers in Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve.
A local committee and a state level Biosphere Management Committee co-ordinate the activities of various departments in the ABR area and ensure the scientific management of the ABR according to guidelines of the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests.
- Kerala Forests & Wildlife Dept, Biosphere Reserves.Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve
- Tamil Nadu Forest Department (2007) retrieved September 2, 2007 AGASTHIYARMALAI BIOSPHERE RESERVE
- UNESCO, World Network of Biosphere Reserves, Agasthyamalai. retrieved March 19, 2016 World Network Of Biosphere Reserves
- Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary
- Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
- Achencoil, Kerala
- Konni, Kerala
- AGASTHYAVANAM BIOLOGICAL PARK, Kerala
- Anuradha, R. V., "Sharing with the Kanis, A case study from Kerala, India" 
- Ministry of Forests and Environment-Report Ch10 Biodiversity/Kanis
- The Hindu, "Environment Ministry to soon declare Agastyamalai a biosphere reserve", Jan 3, 2006.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Kerala Forests & Wildlife Department
- Wildlife Institute of India
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