The Agumbe Rain Forests of the Western Ghats is a precious gift of life to South India. A biodiversity hot spot, it holds within its folds a world of new science yet to be explored. As Tiger is for mainland the flagship of the reptilian world in these forests is undoubtedly the King Cobra (Ophiophagus Hannah).
Agumbe provides an environment for large and small mammals such as the endangered lion-tailed macaque, tiger, leopard, sambar, giant squirrel, Dhole, a wild dog of India, Gaur, the Indian bison and barking deer.
In creating funds for conservation of the Agumbe rainforest, the Ophiophagus hannah, King Cobra is a flagship species. An Agumbe based scientific project to radio-locate rescued King Cobras aims to determine whether relocation is helpful to their survival. Other reptiles and amphibians of the area include the Cane Turtle and flying lizard.
Agumbe is a popular destination for bird watchers and photographers. Among the endemic birds are the Malabar Trogon, the Yellow-browed Bulbul and Sri Lankan Frogmouths.
Agumbe’s many insect species include the Atlas moth, Cyclotoma Alleni(a beetle discovered in Agumbe). Selenops Agumbensis, a spider and Drosophila Agumbensis a small fly species. Cremnoconchus Agumbensis is a local small fresh water snail.
Where: Agumbe Rainforest Research Station, Agumbe, Karnataka, Bengaluru
Date & Time: Thu 07 Jul, 09:00 AM, Fri 12 Aug, 09:00 AM, Thu 01 Sep, 09:00 AM