29 March, 2008

>THE WILDLIFE OF ASSAM<

The wildlife of Assam is divided into twelve wildlife sanctuaries and four national parks.

Wildlife Sanctuaries: -
» Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary
» Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary
» Bura - Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary
» Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary
» Pobha or Milroy Sanctuary
» Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary
» Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary
» Gorampani Wildlife Sanctuary, Golaghat
» Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary
» East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary
» Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary
» Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary, Sibsagar

National Parks: -
» Kaziranga National Park
» Nameri National Park
» Dibru - Saikhowa National Park
» Orang (Rajiv Gandhi) National Park


National Parks

Kaziranga National Park: - Assam Travel
The Kaziranga National Park is the only National Park in the State situated in central Assam with an area of 430sq. km. It is the home of the great Indian one horned Rhinoceros (Unicornis). The landscape of Kaziranga is of sheer forest, tall elephant grass, rugged reeds, mellow marshes and shallow pools.

Manas National Park: - Situated at the foot hills of eastern Himalayas, Nameri National Park covers an area of about 200 sq. km. Hills, deciduous forests and the river Jia Bhoroli have all added a unique charm to it. It is about 35 km. from Tezpur town which is 181 km. from Guwahati.The nearest airport is Salonibari(Tezpur).


Saikhowa National Park: - The fourth National Park of the state, this National Park lies partly in Dibrugarh district and partly in Tinsukia district and covers an area of about 340 sq.km. Of the seven parts of the park one part is wet land and the rest is mainly grassland and dense forest. The main attractions of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park are its semi-wild horse and White winged Wood- Duck. Other animals are Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, Slow Loris, Indian wild water Buffalo, Capped Langur, Gangetic River Dolphin, Indian Wild Dog etc.

Nameri National Park: - Assam Travel VacationsNameri National Park
Situated at the foot hills of eastern Himalayas, Nameri National Park covers an area of about 200 sq. km. Hills, deciduous forests and the river Jia Bhoroli have all added a unique charm to it. It is about 35 km. from Tezpur town which is 181 km. from Guwahati.The nearest airport is Salonibari(Tezpur). Many wildlife species are found here such as the Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Indian Bison, Sloth Bear, Himalayan Black Bear, Pangolin, Indian Wild Dog, Civet Cat, Capped Langur etc.


National Park: - It is a miniature Kaziranga covering an area of 78.81 sq. kms. and is situated in the Darrang District of Assam. Sixty percent of the sanctuary is grassland. The animals seen in this sanctuary are the One-horned Rhinoceros, Leopard, Elephant, Sambar, Barking Deer, Tiger, varieties of water birds, Green Pigeon, Florican, Teal , Goose, etc.



Wildlife Santuaries



Bornadi Wildlife Sanctuary: - Wedged between the Himalayas and Bhutan, this sanctuary is situated in the Darrang District of Assam. It covers an area of 26.22 sq kms. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1980 by the Govt of Assam especially for the protection of the Hispid Hare and Pigmy Hog.


Garampani Wildlife Sanctuary: - This small sanctuary covering an area of 6.05 sq. kms was recognised as a sanctuary by the Govt. of Assam in 1952. Situated in Karbi Anglong district, it is 25 kms from Golaghat and 65 kms from Kaziranga National Park. This area is famous for it's hot water springs.
Animals found here are Elephants, Leopards,Tigers, Deer, Golden Langurs, Hoolok Gibbons in additon to a large variety of birds and reptiles.


Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary: - Nambor Wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 37 sq. kms. Situated in Karbi Anglong district, it is 25 kms from Golaghat and 65 kms from Kaziranga National Park. Animals commonly found here are Elephants, Tigers, found here.


East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary: - This sanctuary covers an area of 221.81 sq. kms and is situated in Karbi Anglong District.Animals commonly found here are Elephant, Tiger, Bison, Bear etc.


Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary: - This wildlife Sanctuary covers an area of 96 sq. kms. Situated in Karbi Anglong district. Animals commonly found here are Elephant, Tiger, Leopard etc.


Pani Dihing Bird Sanctuary: - Covering an area of 33.93 sq. kms, Pani Dihing was declared a sanctuary in December '1996 by the Govt. of Assam. It is situated in Sibsagar district. Pani Dihing is famous for migratory birds. Adjutant Storks, Fishing Eagle etc. are commonly found here.


Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary: - Situated in the Morigaon district, Pobitora is one of the major wildlife sanctuaries of Assam. It is about 60 km. from Guwahati City, situated on the border of Nagaon and Kamrup Dist. Covering an area of 38.8 Sq. km., Pobitora is mainly famous for its Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. Other animals such as the Asiatic Buffalo, Leopard, Wild Bear, Civet Cat etc. are also found here. More than 200 birds and various reptiles are found in this sanctuary.
The best season to visit is from November to March.


Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary: - This wildlife sanctuary, 220 Sq. Kms. in area, is situated in Sonitpur District. Extending along the Himalayan foothills it offers a magnificent view of both scenery and wildlife. The sanctuary is home to Elephants, Indian Bison, Deer and a variety of hill birds.


Bura-Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary: - Another magnificent wildlife sanctuary covering an area of 44.06 sq. kms. is Bura-Chapori. It is situated on the north bank of the river Brahmaputra in Sonitpur District.It is considered to be an ideal habitat for the Bengal Florican.Various species of migratory birds are also seen here.Other attractions are the Great Indian One horned Rhinocerous, Asiatic Buffalo, Wild Boar, Otter, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat, Barking Deer, etc. Various reptiles and fish are also found here.


Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary: - Covering an area of 70.13 sq. kms Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Nagaon Dist. and is only 25 kms from Nagaon town. Its main attraction is the Great Indian one horned Rhinocerous. Other animals found here are Tiger, Elephant, Leopard, Asiatic Buffalo, Wild Boar, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat, Hog Deer etc. Various species of birds and reptiles are also found in Laokhowa.


Pobha or Milroy Sanctuary: - Covering an area of 49 sq. kms., Pobha Wildlife sanctuary is situated in Lakhimpur District. It is a sanctuary created exclusively for the protection of the magnificent Wild Water Buffalo.


Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary: - Covering an area of approximately 45.568 sq. kms, this sanctuary is located in the Dhubri District of Assam and is 68 kms from Dhubri. This area was recognised as a Sanctuary by the Govt. of Assam on 14th July'1994. It is surrounded by hills and there are two lakes on either side of the sanctuary. The world famous Golden Langur was discovered here in the year 1986. Many different mammals, birds, twenty three species of reptiles, more than forty butterfly species are found in this area. Hornbills are also seen here.

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