A Chervu

A local Chervu (lake)

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Tiger Pugmark

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Sambar Stag – Killed and eaten by a Tiger

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Hyticos team (with Chenchu Trackers and Pedda-Chervu staff)

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A Scops Owl – Spotted at daytime

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Variegated Kukree Snake near base camp

Vast expanse of Forest in Hills

Mighty Forest in Hills

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A Deep Ravine: inside core area

Pedda Chervu - during the day.

Pedda-Chervu

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Rufous bellied Hawk Eagle

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Crested Hawk Eagle – lazy in early morning

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PeddaChervu – base camp

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Our team

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GPS recording at site of indirect evidence of Tiger

The Annual Wildlife estimations at onset of May 2013 gave us a chance to explore Peddachervu landscape of NSTR. We are thankful to Prl. Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) who helped us with permissions and  CCF (PT), DFO and other forest staff  for support provided to us during volunteering.

We happen to volunteer for trails in Pedda Chervu and Pangidi Beats. These beats are very critical source areas for Tigers of  NSTR. Many a times Chenchu trackers have accompanied us on trails, Armed with Bows and Arrows for safety they take pride in performing their work. As Chenchus live inside forests  the A.P Forest Department wisely involved local chenchus in conservation.

  • Each volunteer walked 40 -50 kms (approx) in a span of 4 days
  • Atleast 5-6 different Tiger Pugmarks were recorded by our team
  • Tiger scats were also found in atleast 10 locations
  • Few occasional Leopard signs were also present
  • Tiger pugmarks, scats, scrapes were seen all along trails
  • Camera traps data will help further define the individual identities and count
  • Both beats have excellent water bodies that attract Deer and Tigers
  • We also heard a Tiger roar in early morning at Pangidi Base camp on 4th  of May
  • Bears share the landscape quite well as their signs are almost found across many trails

“Tigers seem to be doing good  here and these beats are very critical source population areas.”

Sambar were prominent in Pangidi but Spotted deer dominate the Pedda Cheruvu landscape.
Juvenile Trinket snake and Sand Boa were recorded, host of birds and other wildlife was also observed.  Emerald Pigeon was a treat for our eyes, and raptors were also seen at many instances.

HYTICOS appreciates the efforts of front-line field staff, that works with available facilities to protect NSTR.

We also noted and concluded:

  • People passing for pilgrimage can also be guided & monitored.
  • Mechanisms for intelligence gathering and anti poaching squads will further fortify these forests.

updated by Asif Siddiqui

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