Kerala

Eravikulam park opened for visitors

A pair of Nilgiri tahr inside the Eravikulam National Park near Munnar in Idukki district.   | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

After remaining closed for two months of calving season of the Nilgiri tahr, the Eravikulam National Park (ENP) is now open for visitors. Around a thousand people visited the park on April 1, the day of reopening. Officials of the ENP said that around 80 new births of tahr had been reported and a final count would be taken next week. Visitors are allowed entry from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. by adhering to the COVID-19 protocol. Last year, 111 births were reported.

The total number of Nilgiri tahr in the ENP, its natural habitat, is around 800. For over a decade their population has almost been stagnant as they fall easy prey to leopard, wild dog, and other carnivorous animals.

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