Wild Life In Assam

WILDLIFE PARKS
Assam is a state blessed with a vast wealth of natural wonders. It has many national parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

 

 

Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
The Dibru-Saikhowa National Park lies in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia District. It is 13-km from Tinsukia town, which is 483-km from Guwahati. The park covers an area of about 340-sq-kms. Of the seven parts of the park one part is a wetland and the rest of the part is mainly covered with grasslands and dense forests.

The main attractions of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park are the Semi-wild horses (Feral) and the white-winged Wood Duck. Other animals are Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Elephant, Sambhar, Slow Loris, Asiatic Buffalos, Capped Langur, Gangetic Dolphin, Indian Wild Dog, etc. More than 250 varieties of local and migratory birds are also found here.

 

Kaziranga National Park

 

Kaziranga, the greatest park of all, is renowned for its elephant grass and Rhino. It has a forest area of 430-sq-kms on the southern bank of the Brahmaputra.

Flora And Fauna - Rivulets and Bhils, the semi-evergreen forested "Highlands", blend into marshes and flood plains covered with tall elephant grass are the highlights along with Rhinos, Deer and herds of Wild Buffaloes. The rich bird life includes Egrets, Herons, Storks, Fish-Eating Eagles and a Grey Pelican colony settled among the red cotton trees. Wild Elephants and Tigers are also found in this area. With a population of over a thousand, the one-horned Rhino's are the largest concentration in the subcontinent.


Kaziranga is open from mid-November to early April only. During the monsoons, the Brahmaputra bursts its banks, flooding the low-lying grasslands and causing the animals to migrate from one area to another within the park. Deer and even Leopard often cross the main road, heading for the hills until the water recedes.

 

Manas National Park


The only Tiger Project in Assam, Manas is one of India's most magnificent National Parks. It is situated on the bank of the river Manas at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a well known World heritage site with its unique combination of scenic beauty and rare wealth of wildlife. Covering an area of 519.77 Sq. Kms, it has a core area of 360 Kms and is situated in Barpeta District. Manas is one of the nine tiger reserve sanctuaries in India. Tigers however are not the only wildlife to be found here. Manas has its own peculiar faunal features, the rarest species of which are Hispid Hare, Pigmy Hog, Golden Langur, Indian Rhinoceros, Asiatic Buffalo etc. Other commonly seen animals are Elephant, Leopard, Clouded Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Wild Boar, Samber, Swamp Deer, Hog Deer etc. Hundreds of the winged species migrate to the friendly climate of Manas during winter. Among them are Riverchats (White Capped Redstars), Forktails, Cormorants and various types of ducks including the Ruddy Shelduck. The woodland birds are no less charming and include the Indian Hornbill and the Great Pied Hornbill.

Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary


Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is situated 25-km away from the Nagaon town in the Nagaon district, and has covering area of 70-sq-kms. Its main attraction includes the Great Indian one-horned Rhinoceros but there are other animals also such as Tiger, Leopard, Asiatic Buffalo, Wild Bear, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat, Hog Deer etc. Various species and birds are also found in this region.

 

Orang Sanctuary / Rajiv Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Popularly known as mini Kaziranga, Orang national park covers 72-sq-kms only and is located towards the north bank of Brahamaputra. This park is 150-km from Guwahati and 31-km from Tezpur. From Tezpur by bus on Tezpur-Guwahati route at 45-km west is Orang Chariali and from their 18-km towards the south is Orang wildlife sanctuary. On October 1st, 1992 Orang Wildlife Sanctuary was renamed as Rajib (Rajiv) Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The Orang Wildlife Sanctuary area has rich forestry of Sal, Teak, Simul, and Eucalyptus trees with wild beasts such as One-horned Rhino, Elephants, Leopards, Sambhars, Deers, etc. During winter, birds from far off places migrate to this place. Milky white Pelicans from America are also the migrants of this region.

 

   
 
 
 

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