An 18-member herd of all female elephants from the forests of Gudiyattam and Pernambattu of Tamil Nadu are currently on the prowl in the Koundinya wildlife sanctuary zone in Chittoor district, apparently “in search of mates”.

 

About the ‘Koundinya Wildlife Sanctuary’

  • It is located in Palamner – Kuppam forest ranges of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.
  • This Sanctuary comes under Project elephant – a Country wide Elephant Conservation Project taken up by Government of India.
  • The only home for Asiatic elephants in the State of Andhra Pradesh.
  • Flora — Plants like Albizzia amara, Ficus glomerata, Zizyphus xylocarpus, Gymnosporia Montana, etc.
  • Fauna —
    • Reptiles like Common cobra, Rat snake, Indian rock python, Forest calotes, Skinks, etc.
    • Birds like Partidges, quails, storks, Cotton teal, etc.
    • Mammals like Indian Elephant, Panther, Sloth bear, Wild boar, Chowsingha, Nilgai, Hyena, Jackal, etc.