Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve
Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve is situated in Tumkur area. A part of the plains of Deccan plateau, It neighbours Maidenahalli, a small village in Madhugiri Taluk near tumkur district. It also borders Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The main produce of this area is Eucalyptus and Acacia auriculiformis. The largest contiguous population of Blackbuck can be found here, apart from Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary. It was in the year 1987, the forest department of Tumakur Division began the works of protecting the area when the blackbuck’s presence was brought to their notice.After sustained efforts by the forest department in the year 1992 the jurisdiction of the area was handed over from the Revenue Department to the Forest department.With the hardwork and help of the nature lovers,the area granted the status of a Protected Area.In February 2007,the area was finally notified as Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve.
This area is located 23 km to the north east of Madhugiri town (Karnataka) and about 20 km to the west of Hindupur town (Andhra Pradesh). It is located 4km away from the Jayamangali Blackbuck Conservation Reserve. The climate here varies from a minimum of 8 degrees Celsius in winter to a maximum of 43 degrees Celsius in summer. The rainy season is from late June to mid-October. The average rainfall is approximately 300 to 350 mm. Sixty-seven species of butterflies belonging to seven families have been sighted in the area so far. More than 80 species of plants is said to have been recorded from this area. Many of these plants have medicinal value. Also a few varieties of reptiles also can be found here.