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Tamhini -An Emerald of Western Ghats

Tamhinil Wildlife Sanctuary (TWLS) is a recently declared WLS located in a hilly place right on the crest line of northern Western Ghats near Mulshi dam of Maharashtra State. The area is blessed with diverse landscapes of hills, waterfalls, ardent valleys and lush evergreen forests. The habitat diversity in the sanctuary supports myriad life-forms of some interesting flora and fauna. Since it is a recently declared sanctuary it is indispensable to assess the existing biodiversity of the same to have the proper conservation strategies and forest management practices. Further the myriad life forms and landscape diversity attracts number of naturalists, nature enthusiasts, wildlife photographers, educational and research institutes, universities, tourist to enjoy and explore this area. Despite of its biodiversity potential there is hardly any scientific document or a field guide to aimed for both amateurs and specialists. The present photographic document will certainly fulfil this lacuna.

अथातो बृहदारण्यकम् जिज्ञासा…!   आता विस्तीर्ण अशा पसरलेल्या अरण्याची (वनाची) जिज्ञासा (चिकित्सा) करुया.  भौतिक अर्थ :- ताम्हीणी परिसर हा प्रचंड जैवविविधतेने नटलेला आहे. त्याची चिकित्सा करण्याचा हा प्रयत्न नक्कीच काहीतरी नवनीत मनुष्याला मिळवून देईल. बृहत् म्हणजे विस्तीर्ण आणि अरण्य याचा अर्थ वन किंवा जंगलाचा परिसर. या विस्तीर्ण अशा पसरलेल्या वनाचा अभ्यास करण्याच्या या प्रयत्नासाठी हेच घोषवाक्य सार्थ ठरेल.   अध्यात्मिक भाव :- बृहदारण्यक हे अेक अुपनिषद आहे. ब्रह्मतत्वं हे अेकंच तत्वं सगळीकडे पसरलेलं आहे हे अध्यात्मशास्त्रं सांगतं. बृहत् म्हणजे विस्तीर्ण. अरण्य म्हणजेच ‘ब्रह्म’. त्या ब्रह्मतत्वाचा अभ्यास करणं हेच मनुष्याचं कर्तव्य असतं. श्री दत्तात्रेयांनी सुद्धा त्यांचे 24 गुरु हे निसर्गाला गुरु मानूनंच केले होते. ताम्हीणी परिसराच्या अभ्यासातून भौतिक आणि अध्यात्मिक हे दोन्हीप्रकारचं ज्ञान मिळावं हा यामागचा हेतू.  -© आदित्य शेंडे.


Considering this it is necessary to ascertain the biodiversity of the sanctuary & surroundings with major objectives such as: Assessment Floristics and faunistic diversity of TWLS and its surroundings

  •  Documentation of Rare, Endangered, Threatened and Endemic species of TWLS
  •  To assess various threats (biotic and abiotic) to TWLS and suggesting the appropriate conservation measures. Which will help in management practices of the sanctuary.
  • Assessing habitat diversity
  • Unravelling various secrets of Mother Nature especially unique plant-animal interactions
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To explore the Western Ghats and their underlying ecosystem through geological and biological research, and to enable access to these resources for anyone who might share our curiosity.