India has some of the most biodiverse regions of the world and hosts three of the world’s 34 biodiversity hotspots – or treasure-houses – that is the Western Ghats, the Eastern Himalayas and Indo- Burma. These hotspots have numerous endemic species and a vast population of wild mammals. One of the world’s 17 mega-diverse countries, India is home to 7.6% of all mammalian, 12.6% of all avian, 6.2% of all reptilian, 4.4% of all amphibian, 11.7% of all fish species, and 6.0% of all flowering plant species. It is also home to several well-known large mammals like the Asian Elephant, the Indian Rhinoceros, the famous Royal Bengal Tiger and the endangered Asiatic Lion. The popularity of these charismatic animals has greatly helped conservation efforts in India
IBIS-Mammals is the latest in a series of web portals envisaged under IBIS. It is a web-based information system comprising scientific species-level information on approximately 423 species of Indian mammals.
A user-friendly system, IBIS-Mammals provides the status, distribution, habitat and all other mammal related information on a single platform, aiding species conservation and promoting public participatory data sharing for conservation. It is also an excellent online resource for biodiversity education and awareness.. The Data Archives include general species profiles, excerpts from copyright free books, a wide range of literature such as research articles, biodiversity reports, distributional and behavioural data, all indexed on one platform and made accessible in a few clicks. The portal has 75,000+ museum records of mammals in India, supplemented by Geographical Information System (GIS) maps of all museum records as geo-spatial layers, overlayed on the Distribution Maps.