- With the onset of summer, the seasonal migration of wildlife has started from nearby wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) in Kerala.
- Due to easy availability of fodder and water throughout the year, this sanctuary is a favorite refuge of wildlife during summers.
Where is Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary located?
- Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) located in Kerala is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It was established in the year 1973.
- The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve was the first Biosphere Reserve in India to be included in the UNESCO-designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (designated in 2012).
- Other wildlife parks under this reserve include Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley.
- 44 sq. km. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over an area of 76, is adjacent to the tiger reserves of Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu.
- River Kabini (a tributary of river Kaveri) flows through this sanctuary.
- Forest types found here include South Indian moist deciduous forests, western coastal semi-evergreen forests and forests of Teak, Eucalyptus/Eucalyptus and Grevelia.
- Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Cheetah, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel etc. major mammals are found here.