Nilgiri tahr

  • It is state animal of Tamil Nadu.
  • It is endemic to Western Ghats from the Nilgiris to Kanyakumari.
  • It is confined to a narrow belt of higher elevation (altitudes) of Shola Forests in Western Ghats.
  • Protection Status:
    • IUCN in its red data book has classified it as Endangered (number fewer than 2,500 mature individuals).
    • Besides it is protected species under Schedule I of Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.

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