Wild India – Assam - Wildlife Sanctuaries - Part 1

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Assam with its huge forest cover, vast open lands and incredible climate is an excellent place for wildlife to flourish. The state has a total of eighteen wildlife sanctuaries. Today we present nine of the eighteen wildlife sanctuaries of the state.

 

Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary is geographically situated on the South West of Karbi Anglong. It is an integral part of the Dhansiri Lung ding Elephant Reserve in Assam. This sanctuary spans an area of 45.10 square kilometres.

Attractions: Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary comprises four reserve forests, namely Disama, Kaki (Karbi Anglong part), Inglongkiri and Miyungdisa. The sanctuary is covered by plains and undulating country to low hills, which are part of the Karbi plateau and plains of the Kopili and Diyung rivers.

Streams of perennial Rivers Jamuna and Lung ding flows through the sanctuary. The Jamuna River marks the northern boundary of the sanctuary. The sanctuary area falls under tropical monsoon climate zone.

Fauna species found in the sanctuary include seven species of primates such as Hoolock Gibbon, Capped Langur, Rhesus Macaque, Pig-tailed Macaque, Assamese Macaque and Stump-tailed Macaque. Other mammals include Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, Clouded leopard, Leopard cat, Jungle cat, Wild dog and Asiatic Black Bear.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Borail Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Borail Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the southern part of Assam, India in Cachar and Dima Hasao districts.

Attractions: The sanctuary consists of the North Cachar Reserve Forest and Borail Reserve Forest, which are classified as tropical moist evergreen and semi-evergreen forests.

The forest is home to a wide diversity of wildlife. Mammals include serow, Himalayan black bear, Hoolock gibbon, langur, macaques, Jungle cat, Clouded leopard and barking deer. Birds found include White-backed vulture, Slender-billed vulture, partridge, pheasant and hornbill. Reptiles include rock python and King cobra.

Best Time to Visit: November to March

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: The East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary is located 35 kilometres from the city of Diphu, Karbi Anglong district. It covers an area of 221.81 square kilometres.

Attractions: East Karbi Anglong Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a great variety of wildlife, mammals and reptiles like tiger, elephant, bear, Hoolock gibbon, leopard, clouded leopard, Indian pangolin, small Indian civet, pig-tailed macaque, leopard cat, sambar, barking deer, porcupine, mongoose, king cobra, monitor lizard and python.

And around 250 bird species have been recorded till date some like, great hornbill, common green pigeon, lesser racket-tailed drongo and black hooded oriole.

Best Time to Visit: October to March.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Sonai Rupai Wildlife Sanctuary is located near Tezpur town in Sonitpur district of Assam. It is approximately 60 kilometres away from Tezpur.

Attractions: The sanctuary is covered by forests spread along the foothills of the Great Himalayan Range in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam states of India. This sanctuary covers an area of 175 square kilometres in Sonitpur district.

Mammals like tiger, wild cat, elephant, gaur, wild boar, hog deer and barking deer call the sanctuary home. Birds spotted in the sanctuary include White Winged Wood Duck, Hornbill and Pelican in addition to the migratory birds who visit the sanctuary annually.

Best Time to Visit: November to March.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Dihing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Dehing Patkai, is the only rainforest in Assam. It is a sanctuary with an area of 111.19 square kilometres located in the Dibrugarh and Tinsukia Districts of Assam. It falls under the category of Assam valley tropical wet evergreen forest.

Attractions: The sanctuary consists of three parts: Jeypore, upper Dihing River and Dirok rainforest. This sanctuary is also a part of Dehing-Patkai Elephant Reserve.

Being a completely virgin rainforest, this sanctuary is very rich in biodiversity. The sanctuary is home to seven different varieties of the feline species viz. tiger, leopard, Clouded leopard, Leopard cat, Golden cat, Jungle cat and Marbled cat. Out of fifteen species of non-human primates found in India, Seven inhabit in this rainforest. These are Rhesus macaque, Assamese macaque, Slow loris, Capped langur, pigtailed macaque, Stumptailed macaque and Hoolock gibbon.

Dehing-Patkai is also home to some of the beautiful and rare birds. Few rare bird species found in the forest are Lesser Adjutant Stork, White Winged Wood duck, White-backed Vulture, Slender-billed Vulture, White cheeked Hill Partridge, Khaleej Pheasant, Grey Peacock-Pheasant, Rufus necked Hornbill, Wreathed Hornbill, Great Pied Hornbill, Beautiful Nuthatch, and Black-browed Leaf Wabler.

Best Time to Visit: September to till March.

Things to do: Jeep safaris, elephant safaris, nature trails and bird watching.

 

Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: The sanctuary is located in Guwahati city of Kamrup district in Assam. It is approximately 10 kilometres from Guwahati in Assam.

Attractions: Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary is geographically situated in the extreme east of the Guwahati city in Kamrup district. It is covered by wetlands near a permanent freshwater lake in a former channel of the Brahmaputra River.

Mammals found in the sanctuary include Chinese pangolin, Flying fox, Slow loris, Assamese macaque, Rhesus macaque, Capped langur, Hoolock gibbon, Jungle cat, Leopard cat, Leopard, Elephant, Wild pig, Sambar , Barking deer, Gaur and Porcupine.

Best Time to Visit: October to April.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the Wildlife Sanctuaries in Assam and is located in Nagaon district. It is approximately 40 kilometres from Nagaon.

Attractions: Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary is geographically situated on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River in Nagaon district. Kaziranga National Park and Orang National Park are located on the east and west side of the sanctuary.

Wild animals found in the park include Indian Rhinoceros, Wild Buffalos, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Boar, Civet Cat, Leopard Cat and Hog Deer. Avi fauna of the Sanctuary includes Bengal Florican, White Eyed Pochard, Greater Adjutant Stork and Black Stork.

Best Time to Visit: November to April.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: Chakrashila Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the reserve forest spread between Dhubri and Kokrajhar districts in Assam. It is approximately 210 kilometres from Dhubri and 150 kilometres from Kokrajhar.

Attractions: Indian short-tailed mole, Indian flying fox, short nosed fruit bat, Indian false vampire, Indian pipistrelle, rhesus macaque, Chinese pangolin, Asiatic jackal and Bengal fox are some of the mammals calling this sanctuary home.

Avian inhabitants include Black francolin, Jungle bush quail, lesser whistling duck, cinnamon bittern, Indian pond heron, cattle egret, purple heron, red-necked falcon, red-headed vulture, greater spotted eagle, bronze-winged jacana and Hornbill.

Best Time to Visit: June to July.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.

 

Bura Chapori Wildlife Sanctuary

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Location: This wildlife sanctuary covers 44.06 square kilometres and lies on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River in Sonitpur district.

Attractions: The sanctuary is covered by wet alluvial grasslands, riparian and semi-evergreen forests on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra River. It is considered to be an ideal habitat for the Bengal Florican, an endangered bird species in India.

Indian Rhinoceros, Tiger, Leopard, Wild Buffalo, Hog Deer, Wild Pigs and Elephants call the sanctuary home. Bengal Florican, Black Necked Stork, Mallard, Open Billed Stork, Teal and Whistling Duck are some of the winged inhabitants of this sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: November to March.

Things to do: Jeep safari, elephant safari and bird watching.