A REPORT ON THE PRELIMINARY SURVEY OF THE FROG FAUNA IN SHENDURNEYWILDLIFE SANCTUARY, KERALA
The Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Kollam district, Kerala is one among the richest protected areas in terms of biodiversity in India. Several studies and assessments conducted in this reserve have emphasised the area as leading in conservation value for endemic plants, birds and fishes. But the amphibian fauna of the sanctuary had not been assessed in detail, till late. We carried out a frog survey in the sanctuary between the years 2008 and 2011. Our surveys present the sanctuary to bea leader in frog species richness and endemism. The survey also resulted in the description of four novel frog species, first observed in the sanctuary. We recommend that any activity that is not oriented towards the conservation of wildlife should not be entertained within the sanctuary’s boundaries, since conserving biodiversity is the prerequisite of the wildlife sanctuary.