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Black panther spotted in Goa’s Netravali Sanctuary.

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  • May 11, 2020
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Black panther spotted in Goa’s Netravali Sanctuary.

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment; Biodiversity

In News:

  • A black panther has been captured on camera in Goa’s Netravali Sanctuary for the first time.

Important value additions:

Black Panther

Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 11th MAY 2020

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  • It is the melanistic (increased development of the dark-colored pigment) colour variant of any Panthera, particularly of the leopard in Asia and Africa, and the jaguar in the Americas.
  • It is very difficult to detect/spot. 
  • It is mostly found in densely forested areas of southern India.
  • IUCN status: Vulnerable

Daily Current Affairs IAS | UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam – 11th MAY 2020

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  • It is located in South Eastern Goa
  • It constitutes one of the vital corridors of the Western Ghats.
  • It is bounded by Cotigao wildlife sanctuary on the eastern side and Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollem National Park on the northern side.
  • Netravali is an important tributary of River Zuari, which originates in the sanctuary.
  • It has two important waterfalls namely, Savari and Mainapi.
  • It consists of moist deciduous forests interspersed with evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.

Miscellaneous 

Naku La 

  • It is a pass in North Sikkim at an altitude of more than 5,000 metres above Mean Sea Level. 
  • Recently, Indian and Chinese Troops clashed near the pass which lead to many injuries. 

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