Blackbucks In Danger

With the prediction of Extremely Severe Cyclone Fani likely to make landfall at Balukhand  sanctuary, environmentalists are worried for the endangered Black Bucks.

Fani is expected to make landfall on 3 May afternoon and as the wind speed during the landfall is likely to be 200 KMPH, it will damage the entire sanctuary, apprehend the experts in wild Life.
Over 300 Blackbucks and Spotted Deer are spotted in this Wild Life Sanctuary.
In fact this region is famous for the occurrence of a large number of Blackbucks and Spotted Deer.
Balukhand is along sea coast between Puri and Konark, which is likely to face wrath of Fani.
This Wildlife Sanctuary extends from Banki Muhan near Puri to Keluni Muhan near Daluakani.
Looking at the imminent danger, Forest Officials have tried to help out the endangered species by generating awareness among the local people to give them shelter in their homes during the cyclone.
Senior Forest Officials have generated a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the purpose, said sources.
ACS Forest & Environment Suresh Chandra Mohapatra has also moved to Puri for supervising the evacuation before it hits as well as rescue and relief operations aftermath Fani.
So Forest officials are now active over the issues and trying hard to
The sanctuary is filled with lush green vegetation, cashew and casuarina plantations and mangrove forest .
Its undisturbed sandy beaches offer high potentialities for developing as a major eco-tourism spot in Odisha.
The sanctuary is covered by plantation of casurina and cashew trees. It is home to herds of herbivores(spotted deer),monkeys, jungle cat,hyena,monitos lizad, snakes etc.
Olive Ridley sea turtles are seen nesting in the beach. Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is traversed by the rivulets such as Nuanai River, Kusabhadra River, Kadua River and Prachi River.
The landscape beauty of Balukhand-Konark Wildlife Sanctuary is a favourite eco-tourism destination for both domestic and international tourists.
The flora of the area includes casuarina, acacia,cashew,eucalyptus,, neem, karanjia, etc.
The prominent fauna also include monkey, squirrel, jungle cat, hyena, jackal, mangoose and variety of birds and reptiles. Olive Ridley Sea Turtles nest on the beaches.

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