A significant portion of RAAS Chhatrasagar’s 1,500 acres was once used for agriculture. In 2003, the owners persuaded farmers to give up the practice and nature was allowed to take its course. Over the years, indigenous species of trees such as ber, babul, sangria and khejri, and grasses and shrubs that bovids are partial to, have sprouted and covered the land. RAAS’ team of naturalists track the health of the flora and use benign forms of intervention when needed. They ensure trespassers don’t disturb the animals or forage in the woods. Neelgai, wild boar, jackals, foxes, mongooses, and porcupine are commonly found in the reserve. Also, over 250 bird species have been recorded in the region. Pelicans, snipes, golden orioles, green-winged teals and the endangered great Indian bustard, to name a few. RAAS also maintains the reservoir which irrigates the farm lands in the surrounding region. An heirloom variety of cotton and red chilli are the most common crops here.