News-CRUX-10     26th September 2023        
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Context: The Delhi Ridge Management Board (RMB) recently approved a proposal to initiate a comprehensive biodiversity study at the Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in south Delhi.

  • The proposal, drafted by Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, will also prepare a management plan for the sanctuary

Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Coverage Area: 32.71 km2 area on the Southern Delhi Ridge of Aravalli hill range.
  • Location: Delhi-Haryana border lies in Southern Delhi as well as northern parts of Faridabad and Gurugram districts of Haryana state.
  • It is also part of the Sariska-Delhi Wildlife Corridor, which runs from the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan to Delhi Ridge.
  • Vegetation: Dry deciduous,
  • Flora: Consists of Prosopis juliflora as the dominant exotic species and Diospyros montana as the dominant native species in the sanctuary.
  • Fauna: Golden Jackals, Striped-Hyenas, Indian crested-Porcupines, Civets, Jungle Cats, Snakes, Monitor Lizards, Mongoose etc.

Wildlife Institute of India (WII)

  • About: It is an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Establishment: 1982.
  • Headquarters: Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • Objective: It offers training programs, academic courses, and advisory in wildlife research and management.
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