Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Source– This post on Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is based on the article “How the Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is being developed as India’s second home for cheetahs” published in “Indian Express” on 17th June 2024.

Why in the News?

Recently it was announced that the Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary will be the second home for cheetahs in India.

About Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary

Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Source: Nature inFocus
Aspects Description
About1. It is located on the northern boundary of the Mandsaur and Nimach districts in Madhya Pradesh.
2. It is named after the Gandhi Sagar Dam which is situated on the Chambal River.
3. It was notified in the year 1974 and added to the list of sanctuaries in 1984.
River flowing through itThe Chambal River flows through the sanctuary, dividing it into two distinct parts.
TopographyThe sanctuary boasts a varied landscape, featuring hills, plateaus, and the catchment area of the Gandhi Sagar Dam on the Chambal River.
VegetationIt lies in the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests ecoregion.
Cultural significanceThe sanctuary is home to numerous sites of historical, archaeological, and religious importance, including Chaurasigarh, Chaturbhujnath Temple, Bhadkaji Rock Paintings, Narsinghjhar Hinglajgarh Fort and Taxakeshwar Temple
FloraThe primary tree species in the sanctuary are Khair, Salai, Kardhai, Dhawda, Tendu and Palash
FaunaThe sanctuary supports a diverse range of wildlife, including chinkara, Nilgai, Spotted Deer, Indian Leopard, Striped Hyena, Jackal, Crocodiles, otters, turtles and various fishes.

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