The time period biodiversity was coined by Walter and Rosen in 1985, which is the abbreviated phrase of Organic Variety. The biosphere constitutes a significant life help system for man and its existence of human race. The newly fashioned state Jharkhand of India may be very wealthy in biodiversity resulting from its numerous physiographic and weather conditions. The Jharkhand state is located between 21°58’10” to 25°18′ N Latitude and 83°22′ to 87°57′ E Longitude. Jharkhand kinds half of the Chotanagpur plateau province of the Deccan Peninsula Biogeographic Zone. Because the title of the state suggests, it’s having a very good protecting of forests (reserved forest 4,387.20 sq km, protected forest 19,184.78 sq km and unclassified forest 33.49 sq km). The forest of the state contains tropical dry deciduous, moist deciduous, dry peninsular and dry combined deciduous forest. The forests type catchments of the three foremost rivers – Koel, Damodar and Subernekha. The forest protecting is 23605.47 sq km, which is 29.6% of the overall geographical space of the state, i.e. 79714 sq km. The panorama of the state has wild, semi-wild and cultivated habitats.

The state can be very wealthy in pure assets. Almost 50 % of the nation’s minerals are positioned within the state – iron and coal being necessary among the many foremost, however the mineral map and the forests overlap for the key minerals (Nameless 2009). The state possesses all kinds of wildlife. The floristic range contains 97 species of timber, 46 varieties of shrubs and herbs, 25 varieties of climbers, parasites and orchids and 17 varieties of grasses. The key timber of the state are Shorea robusta (Sal), Delbergia sissioo (Sesum), Madhuca indica (Mahua), Acasia nilotica (babool), Azadirachta indica (Neem), Terminalia arjuna (Arjun), bombax ceiba (Semul) and Butea monosperma (Palas). 39 species of mammals, 170 avian species, 12 reptilian species together with eight snake species and Four lizard species and about 21 insect species have been reported from the forest of Jharkhand. The key mammalian fauna embrace tiger, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, wild boar, Indian bison, hyena, wild monkey and langur, deer and antelopes, wolf and many others.


For the current investigation, a survey was carried out from Jamshedpur in Might – June 2010 by the writer with the assistance of Division of Forest of Jharkhand and the information have been collected. The research space was divided into seven zones, viz. Udhuwa lake wildlife sanctuary (WLS), Topchanchi wildlife sanctuary, Koderma wildlife sanctuary, Hazaribagh wildlife sanctuary, Lawalong wildlife sanctuary, Simdega forest and Dalma wildlife sanctuary. The remark have been made by means of the watch towers and information collected by precise remark in addition to by gathering data from the native tribes and villagers by exhibiting pictures of animals. The collected information have been analyzed and in comparison with the earlier information.


The survey revealed the next animal range from the research areas.

In 12 months 2000, 45 mammalian species, 205 avian species, 15 reptilian species and 45 invertebrate species have been recorded, whereas in 2005, the species range declined as 41 mammalian species, 201 avian, 14 reptilian and 43 invertebrate species. In 12 months 2010, the range discovered have been 35 mammalian species with 168 avian and 11 reptilian species. The invertebrate species range confirmed an incline in quantity as 48.

From the above information, it’s apparent that the species range of the state is constantly declining. The mammalian and avian fauna is declined regularly as much as 2010, with a slight improve in 2008, is likely to be resulting from conservation methods, undertaken by the state authorities. As far the reptilian range is worried, it has declined constantly. The insect range has proven a development of improve.

Biodiversity of the state is below fixed strain resulting from unsustainable harvests of residing assets, habitat destruction and fragmentation, impacts of pollution, and competitors with colonizing, usually unique, invasive species. The biodiversity can be having menace from varied different components like industrialization, urbanization, agricultural actions, stone quarrying, unrestricted grazing by free vary cattle, mining actions, development of railway tracks, roads, dams, different developmental actions and even ethnic customs of tribes.

Some of the reported threatened wildlife of Jharkhand are Asiatic elephant Elephas maximus (Endangered), sloth bear Melursus ursinus (Weak) and Indian large squirrel Ratufa indica (Least Concern). Races of two species of birds, green-billed malkoha Phaenicophaeus tristis tristis, and pin-striped tit babbler Macronous gularis rubicapilla recorded listed here are remoted populations mendacity on the southern most edge of their distribution vary in central-west India. Outstanding amongst the reptiles was the Indian chameleon Chamaeleo zeylanicus which is listed in Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife (Safety) Act 1972.

Understanding the biodiversity profile of the realm can present information for higher mining practices, mitigation plans, and suggesting biodiversity offsets for the conservation of threatened biodiversity. Habitat loss not solely precipitates species extinctions, it additionally represents a loss of biodiversity in its personal proper. The dramatic loss of species and ecosystem obscure equally massive and necessary threats to genetic range. Loss of genetic range might imperil agriculture. How a lot the genetic base has already eroded is tough to say, however because the 1950s the unfold of trendy “Inexperienced Revolution” varieties of corn, wheat, rice and different crops has quickly squeezed out native landraces (Jharenvis 2008). The current survey suggests that there’s a critical want of wildlife conservation within the state.


The authors take the chance to precise their gratitude to Mr. M. S. Jain, former Director of Tata Metal Zoological Park, Jamshedpur for offering the required services and to rearrange the surveys. They’re additionally grateful to the forest officers for offering help. They’re additionally grateful to the native tribes and villagers for serving to within the survey.


1. Nameless (2009). Biodiversity. Inexperienced Situation. pp 1-29.

2. Jharenvis (2008). Environmental data system. Division of forest and setting, Jharkhand.

The newly fashioned state Jharkhand is wealthy in biodiversity as a result of of its numerous physiographic and weather conditions. The Biodiversity contains species of 39 mammals, 12 reptiles and about 15 insect species, which is below critical menace from varied developmental actions. Within the current research, survey of mammalian range was carried out and has been discovered that it’s constantly declining indicating a necessity of conservation.


Source by Ranjeeta Chatterjee


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