Saturday, December 4, 2010

New Division for Talle

Talle Wildlife Sanctuary is known for its unique vegetation and diverse wildlife species. The first picture of clouded leopard in mainland Asia was taken here in the late nineties by a team under the aegis of Future Generations and subsequently published in the September 2000 issue of the prestigious National Geographic magazine.

The sanctuary has hitherto been manned by a Range Officer with few field staff. The Range Officer reported to the Chief Wildlife Warden, Naharlagun.

In a significant decision in the meeting of the State Wildlife Advisory Board today in the Chief Minister's Conference Hall under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister, Dorjee Khandu, the board approved the creation of a new Talle Wildlife Sanctuary Division with its headquarter at Maniployang. This will not cost anything extra to the state exchequer as the entire staff is to be manned by the now defunct Lohit Wasteland Division (based in Namsai), which is being closed down.

It is expected that wildlife protection activity, not only within the sanctuary but in the periphery as well will be improved with this development.

It may be mentioned that numerous wildlife species have been photographed (most of them for the first time) in a project recently being carried out in the sanctuary. Among them is this beautiful animal (mainland serrow) locally called kiidi siibi.

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