Wednesday, December 19, 2007

TDY - 053 - Wild Elephant, Thekkady

Stock Image No: TDY 053
Female elephant on a meadow at Periyar wildlife sanctuary.

The only flat areas of Periyar are the marshy grasslands at the ends of the fingers of the lake. The typical habitat is rolling or steep hills. The actual area covered by forest is sometimes surprisingly little, with big areas of grassland between patches of forest. But this is the hallmark of a dynamic ecosystem, that which provides dense forest cover and, adjacent to it, rich grasslands for the big herbivore.

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