Following the recommendations presented in the Campus Biodiversity Report, the Campus Environment Management Commitee (CEMC) has approved the removal of some of the most invasive vegetation on campus, which have been a threat to its wildlife and biodiversity. These are
- Antigonon Leptopus (creeper bearing pink flowers)
- Croton Bonplandianus (small plants with tiny white inflorescence)
- Prosopis Juliflorathrony (plants and full grown trees)
- Cassia Siamea (tree with yellow flowers)
- Cereus Peruvianus (cactus)
A report on Monkeys in the campus is enclosed below as a PDF file.
Prakriti (Wildlife Club)
Prakriti, the Wildlife Club of IIT Madras, Was founded in April 2002 by a group of wildlife enthusiasts comprising of students, faculty, staff, residents and alumni of IIT Madras. The formation of the club was spurred by a growing recognition of the need to protect the unique biodiversity of the IIT Madras campus. The IIT Madras Campus was carved out of a natural forest that formed part of the Guindy National Park. The Guindy National Park and IIT Campus come under Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest type - the least common vegetation type seen in India. The campus can be considered as an ideal example for the co-existence various types of mini-ecosystems. The main inhabitants of these ecosystems are the blackbuck, spotted deer, jackals, mongooses, monkeys, squirrels, toddy cats, wild cats, various types of reptiles, a plethora of insects including about 40 different species of butterflies and about 100 species of birds. IITM campus also hosts large groups of migratory birds and butterflies every year.
Prakriti maintains its own website at http://hsb.iitm.ac.in/~prakriti/