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Use of tea plantation by wild mammals in Tamil Nadu, India

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V Gokula ,

National College, IN
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C Thangatamil

National College, IN
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Abstract

Wild mammals that live in the fragmented primary forests in Western Ghats often leave the fragment due to resource shortages and use the nearby tea plantation either to forage or as a corridor to connect other fragments, during which time humanwildlife conflict is inevitable. Hence, understanding the need of wild mammals using the tea plantations is essential to minimize this conflict. We researched the use of tea plantations by wild mammals between October 2011 and January 2012 in Kolacamby, Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India. Walks were made to determine the relative abundance of wild mammals inside the plantation. Scats of sloth bear (Melursus urisnus), tiger (Panthera tigiris), and leopard (Panthera pardus) found inside the plantation were analyzed to determine food habit. In addition, workers were informally interviewedabout man-wildlife conflict. All major carnivores of the Western Ghatsecosystem were recorded in the area. Despite the richness of the fauna in  the fragments, minimal human-wildlife conflict was reported.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v6i1.7057

TAPROBANICA, 2014. Vol. 06, No. 01: pp. 21-26, 1 pl.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v6i1.7057
How to Cite: Gokula, V. & Thangatamil, C., (2014). Use of tea plantation by wild mammals in Tamil Nadu, India. TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 6(1), pp.21–26. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v6i1.7057
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Published on 26 Jun 2014.
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