Udhagamandalam: A two-day monsoon butterfly census commenced in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in the Nilgiris on Saturday. The census is being conducted jointly by the Nature of Butterfly Society (TNBS), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the forest department with the help of volunteers.
An official source said college students were among the volunteers.“We have identified 16 locations across the five forest divisions in the core zone and another four forest divisions in the buffer zone of the MTR to conduct the exercise. More than 100 people, including volunteers, members of TNBS and WWF, and foresters, are involved in the census.”
He said they had organized a training programme for the participants at the Theppakadu elephant camp on Friday.
After the two-day census, the findings would be compiled by TNBS in association with the forest department. In the last butterfly census, which was conducted in 2022, at least 180 species of butterflies were recorded in the MTR area.

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