Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024

Karnataka government notifies Chinkara sanctuary at Tumakuru





The government of Karnataka on May 16, 2019, notified Bukkapatna in the Sira Taluk of Tumakuru district as a wildlife sanctuary for Chinkara or Indian Gazelle, according to a media report. Bukkapatna is the southernmost range of the Chinkara in India.


With a total area of 148 square kilometres, it is also larger than the only other protected area for Chinkara in Karnataka, Yedehalli in Bagalkot district in the northern part of the state.


The media report noted that the credit for the setting up of the sanctuary went to wildlife conservationist Sanjay Gubbi, who works with conservation non-profit, Nature Conservation Foundation.


He first found an abundance of Chinkara in the area while camera trapping leopards and proposed setting up a sanctuary for the species.


The proposal was approved by Karnataka’s state wildlife board in January 2019 and the notification issued on May 16.





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