Recently, the Tamil Nadu government launched an initiative for the conservation of the Nilgiri Tahr at Rs 25 crore.

 

About the project

  • Under The Nilgiri Tahr project, the Tamil Nadu government plans to —
      • Develop a better understanding of the Nilgiri Tahr population through surveys and radio telemetry studies
      • Reintroduce the Tahrs to their historical habitat
      • Address proximate threats
      • Increase public awareness of the species
  • The project is to be implemented for 5 year period from 2022 to 2027.

 

What is Nilgiri Tahr?

  • Nilgiri Tahr is the only Caprinae species found in the tropical mountains of southern India.
  • Habitat — They are endemic to the Western Ghats and used to inhabit a large part of the Western Ghats between Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Conservation Status — IUCN – Endangered + Wildlife (Protection) Act of India, 1972 – Schedule I.