Plant & Animal Life

The geographical area of the Union Territory of Dadra & Nagar Haveli has an extensive forest cover (about 20,852 hectares). Many rare variety of trees, and species of herbs and shrubs constitute the flora found in Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Sadra, Khair, Teak and Sisam trees are commonly found in the area. Some of the forests present in Dadra and Nagar Haveli are impenetrable while few are navigable. As many as 58 villages where the tribes reside are found in these forests which are less dense and navigable. The residents of these villages are self-sufficient and the forests are the only source of their food and fodder for the animals. The economic resources that are found in these forests are very important and find extensive usage in cottage and small industry. These industries have been established in these regions to uplift the standard of living of the tribes and bring them into the mainstream.

The verdant forests of the area are home to a diversity of flora and fauna. Those forests which are home to endangered species have been declared as sanctuaries to protect these species from getting extinct. The rich and nourishing climate and vegetation of the region also make it home to a rich fauna. The biodiversity makes the place congenial for birds, various mammals and other species.

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