Black-buck and endangered others - Tal Chhapar Sanctuary
This wildlife reserve is located around 130 kilometers from Bikaner; the divisional headquarter for Churu District. Tal Chhapar is actually geographically a flat saline depression locally called a “tal”, which makes it a unique ecosystem in midst of a vast desert. This confluence of varied environmental factors makes it an ideal place to provide a natural habitat to a variety of flora and fauna. The entire wildlife sanctuary is developed on over 700 hectares of land.
Along with the varied fauna, the sanctuary also offers a wide variety of flora for those interested. The sanctuary area though mostly covered by grasses, also has trees of Khejri, Salvadora, Ber, Ker and Neem. The sanctuary also has varied breeds of grasses including Sewan, Doob, Dhaman Lampla, Lana and Moth etc. The area gives a lush green look during rainy season but again dries up on impact of the harsh summers that this region witnesses. However the dried grass too acts as a natural cover for deers and other animals living in this sanctuary.
One also gets to observe huge piles of salt being made from the saline depression where the water is allowed to dry in the scorching sun which leaves behind the white-mountains collected on the periphery of the grassland.
In all the sanctuary offers an awesome glimpse into varied flora and fauna where one gets to see all the endangered animals living in the best possible natural habitat which can be provided in a protected environment. It surely feels good to see that there is some place on earth where these lives could feel secured. The feeling is much more intense for those who are responsible for maintaining the area. Their enthusiasm in the cause and love from the animals provides a hope for all those who would like to have these endangered species protected. Poaching and hunting of these animals is the worst that one can do to the ecological balance and the environment. I can just wish that more of such sanctuaries are developed and provided all the resources required for their maintenance.
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