Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

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Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
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Hump Nosed Viper (Hypnale hypnale) at Shendurney WLS, Kollam district, Kerala, India.
Map showing the location of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Location in Kerala, India
Map showing the location of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary
Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary (India)
LocationWestern Ghats, Kollam, India
Nearest cityKollam - 75 km
Trivandrum - 80 km
Coordinates8°51′31″N 77°12′38″E / 8.858694°N 77.210649°E / 8.858694; 77.210649Coordinates: 8°51′31″N 77°12′38″E / 8.858694°N 77.210649°E / 8.858694; 77.210649[1]
Length23 kilometres (14 mi)
Area172.403 km2 (66.565 sq mi)
Established25 June 1984
(35 years ago)
Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary

Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in the Western Ghats, India, located in Kollam district[2] of Kerala and comes under the control of Agasthyamalai Biosphere Reserve. It was established in 25 August 1984 and comprises 172.403 square kilometres (66.565 sq mi). The name is a corruption of the Chengurinji, a tree endemic to the region (Gluta travancorica).[3] The sanctuary is having an artificial lake of nearly size and also surrounded by the reservoir of Thenmala Dam. The Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure house of plant diversity. About 1257 species of flowering plants belonging to more than 150 families are reported from this sanctuary of which 309 species are endemic to Western Ghats. Birds from 267 species including migratory, endemic and endangered species have been reported here.[4]

Tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forest cover a major area of the sanctuary.[5] 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.[6]

Another important aspect of the Shendurnani Sanctuary is that there is no sandalwood trees here.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Shendurney Sanctuary".
  2. ^ "The wild side of biodiversity-rich Kerala". The New Indian Express. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Royal reserve". The Hindu. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Significance of Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary". Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary". Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 10 March 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)