Animals

(Why this botanical sanctuary is a zoological sanctuary as well).

If you've got this far in this website, or if you've known wild places, or communities in nature (including humans), you would be aware of how interdependence and connectedness matter. You would know that you can't have the plants without the animals, and vice versa. You would know how plants support animals and vice versa. Here's what we've noted.

It's truly remarkable how many animals there are at the Sanctuary, particularly how there are more now than there were a few years ago, or a couple of decades ago (the same can be said of plants, it is remarkable how many more plants are here today than there were a few years ago, or a couple of decades ago), on this tiny stretch of land. This is something we marvel at all the time: how nonhumans come back when you put in practice a few simple principles. Stop pumping toxins into the body of the land. Cease any kind of clear-felling. Pull out invasive exotics. Encourage and support natural succession, increase areas under this. Plant for diversity. Respect what the land wishes to be. Give time. Plants and animals comes back. You'll see.

Briefly: we know there are 240 species of birds at the Sanctuary and; 20 species of snakes; at least 20 amphibian species; some 15 species of small mammals, itinerant deer, gaur, and elephant; and more than 65 species of butterflies.

Of note are caecilians (legless amphibians); tree frogs; shieldtail snakes; king cobras, Elliot's forest lizards; Malabar trogons; Green avadavats; Nilgiri flycatchers and White-bellied blue flycatchers; Nilgiri martens and Nilgiri langurs.

If we include praying mantises, dragon flies, damsel flies, beetles, bugs, flies, stick insects, leaf insects, ants, wasps and bees, grasshoppers and crickets, moths and butterflies, spiders, crabs, scorpions, centipedes and millipedes; earthworms, leeches and other worms; the list would be very long. These have not been comprehensively identified and listed yet. All we know is we keep seeing more and more of them!

We leave you here with an invitation to visit the Animal Gallery, and to check out the following lists.

Animal lists (2004)
Birds Fish Frogs Mammals Reptiles
Snakes Spiders