ENUMERATION OF FAUNAL DIVERSITY OF SACRED GROVES LOCATED IN THE GREAT HIMALAYAN NATIONAL PARK (GHNP), KULLU, HIMACHAL PRADESH (INDIA)
Keywords:Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, Sacred Groves, Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP), faunal study
Despite massive deforestation and land use changes in India, one of the most irrepressible characteristics of the country’s landscape is the sacred forests. Owing to their ‘divine’ protection, a number of floral and faunal species that have otherwise been exploited from the forests continue to exist in the sacred groves. The study is based on the documentation of faunal diversity present in the sacred groves located in the GHNP, Kullu. 75 faunal species were recorded in the study area. The faunal diversity consisted of 16 Mammals, 21 Aves, 6 Reptiles and 32 Arthropods. The mammals and the aves have been enlisted along with their IUCN conservation status.
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