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Bandipur Tiger Reserve Rejuvenates After Year-long Drought

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Chamarajanagar: The Bandipur Tiger Reserve Forest, nestled within the Gundlupet Taluk of Chamarajanagar District, has undergone a remarkable transformation after enduring a year-long drought. With no rainfall for the past twelve months, the once-thriving forest had withered, leaving behind dried-up lakes, ponds, and dwindling water sources, posing severe challenges for the resident wildlife.


The parched landscape painted a grim picture, as lakeshores turned barren and vegetation wilted under the scorching sun. The dire situation forced the wild inhabitants to seek refuge elsewhere, migrating in search of water towards the Kabini backwaters and other areas.

However, hope emerged on the horizon as the pre-monsoon showers graced the region, bringing much-needed relief to the arid terrain. The rejuvenating rains, sporadic yet substantial, began to replenish the once-desolate water bodies, infusing life back into the ecosystem.

Bandipur, known for its rich biodiversity and lush greenery, began to reclaim its verdant charm as the emerald hues returned, painting the landscape in vibrant shades of green. More than 400 lakes, integral to the forest’s ecosystem, witnessed a remarkable resurgence, with their banks brimming with water once again.

Reflecting on the past year’s ordeal, forest officers recounted the challenges faced in attempting to mitigate the water crisis. Despite efforts to replenish the lakes using solar bores, the impact was limited, leaving much of the forest desiccated and its inhabitants struggling to survive.

The recent downpours, however, signaled a turning point, heralding a new chapter of abundance and vitality. From the dense canopy of the forest to the sprawling grasslands, the revival of vegetation mirrored the resilience of nature in the face of adversity. Moreover, the ripple effects of the rejuvenating rains extended beyond the boundaries of Bandipur, with neighboring regions, including parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala bordering Moohole, experiencing bountiful rainfall. This collective resurgence not only revitalized the forest but also alleviated the water scarcity plaguing the wildlife.

As Bandipur emerges from the shadows of drought, its transformation serves as a poignant reminder of nature’s capacity for renewal and the delicate balance that sustains life within its realms. With the onset of the monsoon season, the forest resonates with a symphony of life, a testament to the enduring spirit of resilience and hope in the wilderness.

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