Nilgiri tahr climb the population charts
Theme: Nilgiri tahr
In a heartening development for conservationists, a recent census has revealed that the population of the Nilgiri thar( an endangered mountain goat) at the Murukthi National park has grown by an impressive 18% in the last two years, from 480 to 568.
Threats for Nilgiri tahr:
Inspite of it's incresing population, It's population faces several threats. Researchers point to the continuing spread of invasive species of flora, such as wattle and pine, and exotic weeds like scotch broom(cystisus scoparius) and gorse, which end up diminishing grazing land.