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About Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Context:

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister recently announced that Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary will be developed as a second home for cheetahs within six months.

Relevance:

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About Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary:

Location:

  • Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in northwestern Madhya Pradesh, with one of its boundaries running along the border of Rajasthan.

Establishment:

  • It was notified as a wildlife sanctuary in 1974.
  • The sanctuary covers an area of km.

Landscape and Vegetation:

  • The sanctuary has vast open landscapes with sparse vegetation and rocky terrain, along with small patches of dense forests.
  • The vegetation comprises of Northern tropical dry deciduous forest, Northern tropical dry mixed deciduous forest, and Dry deciduous scrub.
  • Khair, Salai, Kardhai, Dhawda, Tendu and Palash are the principal tree species found here.

Fauna:

  • The sanctuary is home to herbivores like Chinkara, Nilgai, and Spotted Deer, and carnivores like the Indian Leopard, Striped Hyena, and Jackal.
  • It also has a good population of crocodiles, fish, otters, and turtles.

Places of Interest:

  • The sanctuary has many places of historical, archeological, and religious importance, such as Chaurasigarh, Chaturbhujnath temple, Bhadkaji rock paintings, Narsinghjhar Hinglajgarh fort, and Taxakeshwar temple.

River:

  • The River Chambal flows through the sanctuary, dividing it into two parts.

-Source: The Hindu


 

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