Drought situation in Bandipur Tiger Reserve
The 87,400 hectare Bandipur Tiger Reserve and 32,000 hectare Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, along with Nagarhole National Park (64,300 hectares) and Mudumalai National Park (32,000 hectares), form the Nilagiri Biosphere Reserve, one of the most ecologically sensitive regions in India. It is the largest habitat of wild elephants in South Asia.
Bandipur National Park is going through one of the worst droughts in recent memory with 321 out of 373 water bodies having dried up. Of the 373 water bodies spread over an area of 874 sq km of the national park, 321 have gone completely dry. Efforts are on to sink in new bore wells, which will be energised by solar power and about 15 such solar-powered pumps are to be drilled across different ranges of the national park to meet drinking water requirements of animals.
Though Bandipur forests turn bone-dry during summer, at least 50 per cent of the water bodies generally have sufficient water to last through summer. But the failure of south-west and north-east monsoon in 2015-16 and 2016-17 has left the water bodies dry.
Drought situation in Bandipur Tiger Reserve will get worse if we do not do anything. We together can turn the situation around.
Our Approach on Saving Wild Life
We at Parisara Abhivrudhi Foundation along with the Bandipur Forest department are taking an initiative to construct and install solar water pumps inside the forest areas, through which underground water is pumped and the existing water bodies are filled to help the animals and birds in the forest to get back their original habitat.
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Result of Solar Water Pump at Bandipur Tiger Reserve Wildlife
Parisara Abhivrudhi Foundation with the support from Bandipur Forest department and the donations by some of the people like you were able to install a solar water pump at cost of 7 lakhs, in the forest and was successful in pumping out water from the under ground and fill the nearby lakes. We are eager to install few more solar water pump in the Reserve which will mitigate the drinking water scarcity for wild animals.
As a result we are very happy to say animals are migrating back to their original habitat from the other forests where they went in search of water. Thank you for all the support given to us. Be a part of this cause and participate in more and more numbers, so that we can get back all the animals and birds to their home, make them feel more secure and make Bandipur Tiger Reserve the way it was before. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LETTER FROM BANDIPUR FOREST DEPARTMENT for our initiative in saving wildlife.
This story is also covered by Times of India