Artificial ponds get ready inside forest for wild animals
Palakkad: As the water resources have started to dry up in the scorching heat, wild animals are struggling in search of water. The flow of natural streams inside deep forests are also interrupted with the summer. Examining this, the forest department has constructed artificial ponds inside the forests and filled them with water for the animals.
Nowadays, a very little amount of water is found at Thonikundu pond and Naduvathappara pond inside Choolannur peacock sanctuary established in 2007. This sanctuary built on 342-hectare land accommodates over 150 peacocks. 36 types of small wild animals and 140 breeds of birds are also spotted here.
Wildboar, Indian Pangolin, mongoose, monitor lizards, rabbit, deer, monkey, Indian giant squirrel and fox are also found here.
Hence, the forest department took the effort to supply enough water for all these creatures.
5 artificial ponds
The department constructed five concrete ponds which can carry 2500 litre to 4000 litre water at Chathayikulambu, Malayapathi, Check dam, IC compound and watchtower regions.
“All ponds are filled by taking water in tanker lorries. Concrete troughs are constructed in areas where the supply of water through the lorry is not possible. We will take water in containers to fill these troughs. Wild animals and birds have been drinking and taking bath in these ponds and troughs," said section forest officer K Prasad.
He added that water will be refilled in the ponds and troughs as and when required.
The forest department has made arrangements for water to the wildlife to restrict the animals from straying into human settlements.
Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary, Walayar deer park and Silent Valley national park have already established such artificial ponds.
The ponds which collect rainwater during the monsoon will provide enough water to the wild animals with the onset of summer. The forest department will fill water in these ponds when the summer season leaves the natural water resources dry.