The area protected by the government or any organization for forest, animal sanctuary and bird sanctuary is called wildlife sanctuary. In order to provide a comfortable life to the animals, the central and state governments of India have established several wildlife sanctuaries for the protection of animals and birds. Presently there are a total of 566 wildlife sanctuaries in India. Many of these wildlife sanctuaries have been declared sites of national importance by UNESCO. India’s smallest wildlife sanctuary is the Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Maharashtra. This sanctuary is spread over an area of 5.14 square kilometers. This wildlife sanctuary was established in August 1997.
- KarakoramWildlifeSanctuary, JammuandKashmir
This wildlife sanctuary is located in the Karakoram range at the eastern end of Leh district of Ladakh. This wildlife sanctuary was established in the year 1987. This wildlife sanctuary is spread over an area of 5,000 square kilometers. The sanctuary has been extensively surveyed by researchers. Many unique and endangered species of medicinal plants have been discovered in this survey.
- ChinarWildlifeSanctuary, Kerala
This sanctuary is located in Idukki district of Kerala state. It is the only wildlife sanctuary in Kerala where star tortoises are found. They are also called Indian star turtles. It is a species of turtle that is currently in an endangered state. Chinar Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 450 star tortoises. To the east of this sanctuary is the Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanctuary while to the north is the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary.
- BhagwanMahavirWildlifeSanctuary, Goa
This sanctuary is the largest wildlifesanctuaryinGoa. The total area of this sanctuary is 240 square kilometers. Animals found in this sanctuary – deer, guar, Malayan giant squirrel, elephant, tiger, cobra, python, lizard, leopard etc. The best time to visit GoainNovember because in winter the wild animals show less which you will not be afraid of when you visit.
- DandeliWildlifeSanctuary, Karnataka
This sanctuary is located in the Uttara Kannada district of the Karnataka state of India. This sanctuary is spread over an area of about 866 square kilometers, this sanctuary is called the paradise of birds.The sanctuary is called a bird’s paradise and is home to around 200 species of birds, the most famous of which are the Great Indian Hornbill and the Malabar Pied Hornbill. In 2006, the sanctuary was declared a part of the Dandeli Tiger Reserve. Animals found in this sanctuary – sloth bear, Indian pangolin, giant Malabar squirrel, wild jackal, elephant, peacock and predatory crocodile etc.
- JimCorbettNationalPark, Uttarakhand
You will be mesmerized by Corbett’s breathtaking views and beautiful scenery. Jim Corbett Park National Park is located on the banks of the Ramganga River and is a forest surrounded by stunning views of the Kumaon Hills. Jim Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Jim Corbett Reserve in Uttarakhand is one of the most popular tiger reserves in the country. Located in the Himalayan hills near Nainital in Uttarakhand, Jim Corbett National Park is known for its diverse wildlife, fauna and flora. Jim Corbett National Sanctuary can be visited on elephant. Earlier this park was known as Ramganga National Park, but in 1957 it was renamed as Corbett National Park. In Corbett you will get to see many species of wildlife like tiger, leopard, elephant, cheetah, deer, wild boar, monkey and jackal. You will be thrilled to see these animals up close.
- BandhavgarhNationalPark, MadhyaPradesh
Bandhavgarh Sanctuary is one of the most famous national parks of Madhya Pradesh. It was declared a national park in 1968. Bandhavgarh National Park is located in Umaria district of Madhya Pradesh. This park is world famous for its tigers. The famous white cheetah was discovered here. In 1993, this park Was brought under Project Tiger. It is specially known as tiger area. The forest has all kinds of wildlife and trees including Nilgai and Chinkara. 22 species of animals and 250 species of birds are found in this national park. These wild animals can be seen riding on an elephant or sitting in a vehicle.
These are just a few examples of the numerous wildlife sanctuaries in India, each with its own unique ecosystem and animal species.