Scientific survey of habitat distribution at Kambalakonda

The Kambalakonda Wild Life Sanctuary is prepping up for conducting a scientific survey of habitat distribution of animals and document species.

The forest department will be placing camera traps at 30 locations across the Kambalakonda Wildlife sanctuary. High-tech surveillance will be set up to ensure effective monitoring and conservation of the endangered animal species.

Spread over an extent of 7293 hectares, the sanctuary is home to several endangered species of fauna. It has 114 species of birds, both migratory and resident, and is rare raptors such as the white bellied sea eagle.

The forest has been divided into three survey areas, and the process of placing cameras will be completed over a period of 60 days in phased manner.

The first 10 traps were placed at strategic locations on Friday on the eve of World Wildlife Day. The traps are targeted at monitoring the movements of mammals, understanding their habitat distribution and abundance.

Though Kambalakonda is an important biodiversity hub no scientific documentation of habitats have been done. This is the first time a study was being conducted.

The camera has a motion sensor, which triggers a white flash capturing the animal movement at night time which helps in effective decision making of conserving endangered animals.

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