Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation Wins Earth Guardian Award

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Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation has won the Earth Guardian Award for its efforts in supporting the conservation of tigers and biodiversity. 

  • The award was instituted by NatWest Group India (formerly RBS India) at the 11th edition of the NatWest Group Earth Heroes Awards.
  • Parambikulam Tiger Conservation Foundation, located in the Western Ghats, is one of the premier tiger reserves of India and is endowed by nature in terms of species, habitat, and ecosystem diversity, characterised by functional human-ecological affinities.
  • The wildlife sanctuary also considers the role that local communities play in conservation efforts to be vital.
  • The Foundation’s long-term vision is to facilitate and support the conservation of tigers and biodiversity through multi-stakeholder participation consistent with the national and State Policies, Acts, Rules and Legislations, and also as per approved Tiger Conservation Plan to support similar initiatives in adjoining landscapes.

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

  • Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, which also includes the erstwhile Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is located  in Palakkad district of Kerala state, South India. 
  • The wildlife sanctuary was established in 1973.
  • Tiger Reserve has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its immeasurable ecological value to the world.
  • The Reserve supports diverse habitat types viz., evergreen forests, moist and dry deciduous forests and grasslands.
  • Other unique habitats like montane grasslands and marshy grasslands (locally known as ‘vayals’) are extensively found.
  • According to the 2010 census, Parambikulam and surrounding sanctuaries are home to 32-36 tigers. About 39 species of mammals, 16 species of amphibians, 61 species of reptiles, 47 species of fish, over 1000 species of insects and 124 species of butterflies have been reported from the region.

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