Amrabad Tiger reserve of Telangana is bifurcated from ‘Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger reserve’, which was the largest tiger reserve in the country.
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Amrabad Tiger reserve
- Amrabad Tiger Reserve lies in the Nallamala hills, Telangana.
- It is bifurcated from ‘Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger reserve’. Which was the largest tiger reserve in the country.
- It is the northern part of this reserve vested with Telangana state and renamed as ‘Amrabad Tiger Reserve’.
- There are an estimated 23 Tigers in the reserve.
- It was declared wildlife century in 1978 and Tiger reserve in 1983.
- The forest of the century is dry and mixed deciduous and tropical moist deciduous forest.
- It is a mystifying landscape of lofty hills and cavernous valleys, perennial rivers and exciting winding roads.
- It has thick, forested topography on one side and deep and vast valleys on the other along with different hues to mark the seasons.
- This tiger reserve harbours great biodiversity, comprising of around 70 species of mammals, more than 300 hundred avian varieties, 60 species of reptiles and thousands of insects and more than 600 different plant species.
Why ‘Amrabad’ was selected?
- The Peddagatu-Lambapur area was dominated by the politically active Lambadas, who enjoyed Scheduled Tribe (ST) status in united Andhra Pradesh.
- Amrabad, on the other hand, is dominated by the Chenchus, a ST, who are less affluent and are the most under-privileged group in Telangana.
- Amrabad contains ruins of the ancient Nagarjuna Viswa Vidyalayam run by the great Buddhist scholar Nagarjunacharya (150 AD).
- The landscape is recovering after over two centuries of degradation by the British and the Nizam of Hyderabad.