Tahr on the Road!

by Pravin Shanmughanandam
Pravin Shanmughanandam
Selfie with Nilgiri tahr

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

To protect wildlife from undesirable human contact, as well as to protect road users from potential accidents, it is imperative that instances like these, involving habituated wildlife, should be closely monitored and controlled by the Forest Department.

Further to the ‘Tahr alert in Tamil Nadu’ Featured Photo, CI reader, Pravin Shanmughanandam, has sent us another image taken recently on the Pollachi – Valparai highway in Tamilnadu. He says that all along the 40-km stretch that cuts through prime forests, tourists get down at various places, without much monitoring.  According to him, from the 5th to the 11th hairpin bends, where Nilgiri Tahr and Bonnet Macaques thrive, tourists approach them at close quarters and cause disturbance. This sometimes also affects the flow of traffic.This image shows a tourist trying to take a selfie with a male Tahr that was grazing along the roadside. Situations like these call for urgent intervention on the part of the Forest Department.

About the author

Pravin Shanmughanandam

Pravin is editor of Pollachi Papyrus, a travel magazine that promotes responsible tourism and creates awareness about wildlife and conservation.



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