The population of wildlife has been steadily declining for many years, which is a severe problem. The World Wildlife Conservation Association is urging the world to wake up and save our wildlife now, because if we do not, future generations will only see species in photographs and books. In this regard, the state forestry department has decided to count the number of wildlife in the area and watch how they manage their lives in the forests. The department is preparing to count the animal population in Kambalakonda, Visakhapatnam, as part of it.
Kambalakonda is around 70.7 kilometres in length and 800 hectares in size. This total is divided into 40 grids. Each grid has a length of 1.3 kilometres and a width of 1.3 kilometres. The animals will be counted via camera surveillance, according to officials. They intended to capture the creatures at any time of day or night. Two cameras are placed in each grid. The animals are being captured with infrared cameras. The cameras are self-operated and operate 24 hours a day. The cameras capture the animals with a flash at night, based on the movement of the animal and the temperature. Officials will collect data on this on a daily basis.
Many wildlife animals on the Asian continent are endangered. Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, Forest owls, and Gharial are among the endangered species. The goal of the survey is to see if these species exist in Kambalakonda. If they exist, how will they be conserved and reproduced? Not only animals, but forest department officials intend to conduct a study of birds such as parrots and their various species. Officials from the District Forest Department stated that they are conducting the survey in Kambalakonda in accordance with the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s guidelines.
Animals such as spotted deer, nilgai, wild boars, rabbits, black buck, and hill sheep are expected to be found in Kambalakonda, according to officials. Plum-headed parrots, white-bellied sea gulls, orange-breasted green pigeons, brown fish owls, painted stuff owls, and a total of 85 bird species are expected in Kambalakonda, along with these animals. They intend to begin the survey on March 10th. The survey should have started earlier, but it is still ongoing in Papikondalu. In three to four days, the Papikondalu survey will be completed.
Officials will then take the cameras to Kambalakonda and install them in the grids as planned. The survey will take 45 days to complete. Computers will save the captured footage from the camera’s SD card. Following the survey, they will count the species and keep separate records for each animal and bird.