A new publication from A Rocha India
A Rocha India have been using camera traps to monitor and track mammals in Bannerghatta National Park since 2012. Their newly published book, The Mammals of Bannerghatta National Park: A Camera Trap Inventory, offers a hope-inspiring record of the results of this research. [Edit: Now also available in PDF for educational and non-commercial purposes.]
As the burgeoning city of Bangalore is located less than 22 km from the park, urban encroachment poses an ever present challenge to maintaining biodiversity.
Aimed at educating the urban population of Bangalore about the biodiversity of the park, and thus the need to protect it, the book confirms the presence of 21 mammal species, including crucial sightings of the Royal Bengal Tiger Panthera tigris, Honey Badger Mellivora capensis and Rusty-spotted Cat Prionailurus rubiginosus. Avinash Krishnan, A Rocha India’s Scientific Officer and co-author of the book, comments, ‘It is quite interesting for a park so close to a human-dominated area to thrive with this set of species. [It] also highlights the importance of how conservation efforts are needed to secure this landscape, as well as the mammalian communities that live in this forest.’
The team plans to launch the book during the annual Wildlife Week in Karnataka in October.