Nagarajunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) is located in the Nallamala hill ranges (offshoot of the Eastern Ghats) of Andhra Pradesh. It attained the status of a Tiger Reserve in 1983. The total area of the reserve including core and buffer is 3727.82 Square Kilo meters and it is India’s largest Tiger Reserve. NSTR spreads across Prakasam, Nandyal and Palnadu Districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Two wildlife Sanctuaries, namely Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and Gundla Brahmeswaram Wildlife Sanctuary (GBM) constitute the Tiger Reserve.
The river Krishna traverses through this Tiger Reserve for a linear distance of around 270 Kilo meters.
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WWF has announced that global tiger populations are on the rise, for the first time in more than 100 years. 3,890 tigers now exist in the wild globally.
India’s tiger population currently stands at 2967 (as per AITE, 2018) which is around 75% of the Global Tiger population. India counts the number of wild tigers every four years. The population is showing a promising rise from 1411 tigers in 2006 to 2226 tigers in 2014.
The trend for rising population of tigers in India is as follows:
Forest Checkposts and travel restrictions.
Name of the Checkpost
Forest Checkpost at Dornal (Ganapathi) (on NH-765)
Enroute from Guntur, Kurnool, Nandyal, etc., to Srisailam.
Forest Checkpost at Shikaram (on NH-765)
Enroute from Hyderbad, Srisailam to Guntur, Kurnool, etc.,
Cars, Toofan and Tempos, etc.,
09.00 pm to 06.00 am (Next day)
Bus and Truck
06.00 pm to 06.00 am (Next day)