Kawal Tiger Reserve
Kawal Tiger Reserve is located at Jannaram mandal of Adilabad district in Telangana state of India. Govt of India declared Kawal wildlife sanctuary as Tiger Reserve in 2012.
It is surrounded byYavotmal and Chandrapur on the north,Karimnagar and Nizamabad on the south and Nanded district on the west. The KWS was established in 1965 and later declared as the Protected Area (PA) in 1999 under the WPA, 1972. It is located in the schedule area of Adilabaddistrict at a distance of 100 km from its district headquarters. It extended from the sahyadri hillranges to the Tadoba forest in Maharashtra (GoAP2012; Rajagopal 1976) It is spread over an area of 893 km2. It is increasingly getting threatened by growing human encroachments, rampant poaching, illegal wood felling and habitat loss.
The sanctuary is one of the richest Teak forests in the State with dense pristine areas free of human disturbance. The River Kadam flows through this area. Dry Deciduous Teak Forests mixed with Bamboo, Terminalia, Pterocarpus, Anogeisus and Cassias.
Mammal species that have been sighted include tiger, leopard, gaur, cheetal, sambar, nilgai, barking deer, chowsingha, sloth bear. Several species of birds & reptiles are also found in the sanctuary.
Accessible from Mancherial 50 kilometres. and from Hyderabad 270 kilometres. by road. Nearest Airport in Hyderabad.
It was notified as tiger reserve in April 2012. In this regard habitat development is undertaken with release of 150 cheetals as prey population. To check poaching new check posts have been created. Traditional sources of water were improved
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