Gurgaon: Monsoon revives wildlife in the Aravallis

  • Ipsita Pati, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 11:39 IST
The animals were spotted by forest department officials who had gone to the Aravallis to dig water pits. (HT Photo)

The Aravalli hills have witnessed a revival of wildlife during the monsoon. A large number of wild animals were spotted by the forest department on Wednesday.

The officials visited the Mangar-Bandhwari stretch to dig 10 water pits in the Aravalli range comprising Bandhwari, Mangar, Abhayapur, Khori, Dumduma and Rithoz village areas in the forest.

The pits were dug to provide water to the flourishing wildlife in the forest area. During the summer season, the department had dug 20 such pits.

While getting the pits dug, the forest officials spotted a large number of wild animals.

Over 20 pits, about two to three feet deep, have been dug at prime sites on the Dumduma Lake- Bandhwari stretch. The pits were made inside the forest, away from the villages, so that domestic animals do not come there.

“As this is the breeding season, wild animals need a lot of water. So we have created water pits for the wild animals,” said MD Sinha, conservator of forest (south Haryana circle).

“Officials also visited the old water pits that were dug during the summer. They checked the status of these pits,” he said.

During the monsoon, these holes were filled with rainwater and this helped in restoring groundwater table. “We have dug pits in Bandhwari, Mangar, Abhayapur, Khori, Dumduma and Rithoz village areas. This area is the last large chunk of the Aravallis in Haryana that needs to be protected as it has a good presence of wildlife,” he said.

The officials said they spotted jackals, nilgai, pugmarks of leopards and large number of birds and butterflies in the area.

Officials said in the area there are trees such as vilayati babul, Mexican mesquite, juliflora prosopis. The species were introduced to the region by Britishers as exotic plants. They were imported from Mexico in the late 19th century.

The stretch also has trees such as dhak, jaleebi, moonj, churail paapri, frankincense and banyan.

The area is included under a programme of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). A survey has been conducted in the area to identify core carnival species in the Aravallis. The result of the survey is yet to come.

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