It is not just the endangered Indian vulture
Gyps indicus that lives in Bejjur forest in Adilabad, Telangana. The 253 sq.
km. thickly forested area on the banks of Pranahita river in the eastern part
of this district is a biodiversity haven, as the presence of a rare frog in the
area shows. Recently, Polasa Tirupathi, a bird tracker working with the Forest
Department, spotted a painted frog Uperodon taprobanicus on a tree within
the campus of the Bejjur Forest Range office. We had a hunch that this had to
be a rare species when we first saw it, recalled an excited Bejjur Forest
Range Officer, M. Ram Mohan, and Ravikanth Manchiryala, field
biologist-researcher at the vulture conservation project. In their studies, the
amphibian was found for the first time in Telangana.