The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is sprawled over an area of 100 sq. km and is situated at a lofty height ranging from 2,100 feet to 3,800 feet within the village of Bhimashankar. It lies nestled in the verdant Sahayadri Ranges and covered by lush greenery on all sides.Few of the most endangered species can be found in this sanctuary like the Shekru and the Giant Indian Squirrel. Hyenas, Flying squirrels, Barking Deer, Leopards, Porcupines and Wild Boars are amongst other animals that are found here.The Malabar Whistling Thrush, the Green Pigeon, the Quaker Babbler, the Malabar Grey Hornbill and the Grey Jungle Fowl are a few of the many birds that can be found here that are sure to delight bird watchers and nature lovers.The sanctuary is especially worth visiting during the monsoon rains. There is a vast variety of flora found here, ranging from magical herbs to plants and trees.