Similipal Tiger Reserve

Similipal Tiger Reserve has been in existence since 1956. The reserve got nation wide attention after being selected as one amongst the 9 reserves for implementation of the 1st phase of project tiger. The project recognized the tigers being the predators and the indicator species thus making them one of the crucial elements of an ecosystem and of the most significant factor to balance a food chain.

The project tiger campaign has been instrumental in keeping the tiger population of the reserve stable. In the initial years of its implementation there were only 30 tigers left in the forests of Simlipal but after the launch of project tiger the figure has risen to 95. The habitat and the prey for these wilds have also improved since then with the movements of the poachers being almost curtailed. The reserve today serves as home for half of the tiger population of the state. These royal wilds now roam in their natural habitat with a sense of belonging. 

The leopards, sambhars, langurs, deer, gaur (Indian bison), elephants, antelopes, chitals, chevrotains, wild dog, wild boar, sloth bears, monkeys, hyenas and porcupines are the other commonly sited species in the jungles of Simlipal.

Apart from this, 230 species of birds chirp in the forests of Simlipal, which includes red jungle fowl, hill myna, peafowl, alexandrine parakeet, crested serpent eagle, gray hornbill, Indian pied hornbill, Malabar pied hornbill and Indian trogon.

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