Mammals bringing hope to Bangalore
The Journal of Biodiversity and Environmental Science has published A Rocha India’s pilot research article on its camera trap survey conducted in Bannerghatta National Park.
Director of Science and Conservation at A Rocha International, Dr Jeremy Lindsell said, ‘This is a pretty amazing story given that the park is adjacent to a huge city and parts of the park are surrounded by suburbs.’
The study highlights seasonal trends in 17 different terrestrial mammal communities reported in this protected area, despite being in such close proximity to the burgeoning city of Bangalore. It offers a first time scientific testimony to the presence of the majestic Royal Bengal Tiger and includes the first confirmed evidence of three species: Tiger Panthera tigris, Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus rubiginosus and Honey Badger Mellivora capensis.
Jeremy added, ’17 large mammal species found to be surviving so close to an urban area is great news and some really special ones too – Tiger, Leopard, elephant, Sloth Bear, Rusty-spotted Cat to list just a few. There is hope!’
Thumbnail image: Juvenile Bengal Tiger at rest © www.jameswarwick.co.uk