A notification under Section 26 A (b) of Wildlife (Protection) Act (1972) makes the 19,042.58 hectare forests of Khanapur taluk as Bhimgad sanctuary. During the final notification, the area has been increased from 13,167.18 to 19,042.58 hectare keeping in view the rich biodiversity and eco-morphological importance of the area.
The critically endangered Wroughton’s free-tailed bats breed at the Barapede caves of Bhimgad.
Girish Hosur, Deputy Conservator of Forests who was behind this idea of a sanctuary said now it gives leagal protection to the entire area.
The Bhimgad area has a rich fauna with tigers, leopards, Indian Gaur, wild dogs, bears, sambars, barking deers, Four Horned Anletopel and other mammals and also has a good reptile and bird population too. The King Cobra is a prominent species of snake there.
After this notification the collection of forest produce, grazing, human disturbances are not allowed in the area spread on 19,042.50 hectares.
Its a great boon for nature lovers now that this area will be properly protected and the endangered species will have their own land to breed.
Mr.Mohan Pai has written explicitly on this topic with various photos of the areas and one should read this to understand the necessity for making Bhimgarh into a wildlife sanctuary. Click the following links to read in detail about the bio diversity.
Mahadyi/Mandovi River Valley – Part I
Mahadayi/Mandovi River Valley – Part II
Mahadayi/Mandovi River Valley – Part III
Mahadayi/Mandovi River Valley – Part IV
Mahadayi/Mandovi River Valley – Part V
Mahadayi/ Mandovi River Valley – Part VI