The Kallar Corridor – An Infographic


Illustration: Rucha Bhave & Text: Rutuja Bhatade

Located on the eastern slopes and foothills of the Nilgiri mountains, the Kallar corridor connects two parts of the largest elephant range in India. The slopes of the Nilgiris act as a natural barrier to elephant movement on one side of the corridor and anthropogenic development on the other side. It leaves a narrow patch of habitat for the movement of the animals. Apart from elephants, this corridor is used by several other mammals, including the tiger, leopard, sloth bear and striped hyena. Electric fences around farms and institutions that overlap with the corridor, as well as increased traffic on national highway NH-181 passing through the corridor, impede animal movement and are a significant concern.