Facts about the Endangered Animals in the Western Ghats
- The Western Ghats have nearly 5000 different types of flowering plants and hundreds of species of birds and animals.
- The Great Hornbill can live for nearly 50 years.
- The Umbrella tree is an African species, also found here because 200 million years ago the Western Ghats was part of Gondwanaland.
- Crimson-backed sunbird defends its feeding territory, especially on plants with a lot of nectar.
- There are 6000+ insect species in just the Kerala part of the Western Ghats.
- Only 2500 lion-tailed macaques are left.
- There are 6000+ Asian elephants here.
- The black panther and leopard can climb a tree even when it is carrying a heavy carcass.
- The largest number of tigers in India, outside the Sunderbans, are here.
- The primitive burrowing snake family Uropeltidae is mostly found here.
- The endangered purple frog was found here in 2003 as a living fossil.
- The fish Denison’s barb is only found here.
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