Telangana Forest Minister Allola Indra Karan Reddy lauded the efforts of the Forest Department for bring out a comprehensive book on various creatures in Telangana forests.
Releasing a book titled ‘Current Situation in Faunal Diversity in Telangana’ published by the Zoological Survey of India under the Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate Change here today, the Minister said it is a great pride for the Telangana state to have a diverse animal strength of over 2450 varieties and he feels great for releasing the first exclusive book brought out by Zoological Survey of India after conducting a detailed survey in the state since the formation of the state.
He said the book has the details of 2 Tiger Reserve Forests comprising Amrabad and Kavval besides 7 Reserve Forests including Pranahita, Shivaram, Eturunagaram, Pakhala, Kinnerasani, Manjira and Pocharam and 3 National Parks including KBR, Mrugavani and Harinasthali.
The Director of Zoological Survey of India Dr Kailash Chandra who was also present revealed that out of 2450 animal wealth, there are over 1744 mammals without a backbone and 706 are with backbone. Telangana forests have the unique 82 varieties of animal strength, he said adding that they would also soon bring out seperate books each area-wise after conducting a thorough survey in those areas.
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) R Shobha informed that the survey of biodiversity and animal population was conducted with 10% of CAMPA funds being provided by the Central government. “This would help us take up forest development activities more in future based on this survey reports”, said Shobha.
Another book on ‘Faunal Diversity of Bhoj Wet Lands, A Ramsar Site’ also has been released by the Minister. The others who participated in the meeting include PCCF Admin Swargam Srinivas, Additional PCCF Siddanand Kukkreti, MC Pargain, AK Sinha, Hyderabad CCF MJ Akbar, ZSI Regional Centre in-charge Dr Deepa Jaiswal, OSD Shankaran and others.