In recent years there have been many efforts to save the endangered animals in India. Many projects have been fruitful and some animal populations have increased. However, there is lot more to do in order to secure these endangered species. Most of these projects have established core areas as wildlife destinations. So here is the list of some must visit wildlife destinations with endangered species in India.
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Nilgiri Tahr as the name suggests is indeginous to Nilgiri Hills and in the Western Ghats of Kerala. Nilgiri Tahr is nothing but a species of wild goat. It is also the state animal of Tamil Nadu. Today, largest population of Nilgiri Tahr is found in Eravikulam National Park and some of them are in Nilgiri Hills and Anamalai Hills.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park is one of the prominent wildlife spots in Idukki, Kerala. The high altitude grasslands and sholas in the park is a home to the largest population of Nilgiri Tahr in India. The national park along with the surrounding forest reserves also consists of many other species of wildlife. However, Nilgiri Tahrs are the main attractions of Eravikulam National Park.
Gangetic River Dolphin
Gangetic River Dolphins
Gangetic River Dolphins are a rare species of freshwater dolphins found in Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers in India. In fact, their existence in the river indicates to the level of purity in the water. Unfortunately, even Gangetic river dolphins are under threat and are endangered species in India. Gangetic river dolphin is exotic and it is the National Aquatic Animal of India.Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary is the only protect reserve for Gangetic Dolphins.
Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary
Vikramashila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary was declared as a dolphin sanctuary in 1991. The largest concentration of river dolphins is found here.
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Only a sizable population of Asiatic Lions exist today. Most number of Asiatic Lions are found in Gir Forest National Park and in some zoos across India. Asiatic Lion or Persian Lions need a dry deciduous forests as their habitat. The forests of Gujarat are the ideal habitats as they consists of dry deciduous and thorny vegetation.
Sasan-Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Gir Forest National Park is undoubtedly one of the best wildlife destinations in Gujarat, India. The king of the forest, lion or more specifically Asiatic Lions are the major attractions of this national park. It is one of the must visit wildlife destinations with endangered species in India.
The Great Indian Bustard
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The Great Indian Bustard
Famously known as the Indian Bustard is one of the heaviest of flying birds, abundantly found in India and some parts of Pakistan. The Great Indian Bustard resembles as Ostrich in size but has unique structure. The brown colour body with black patches forms the main feature of Indian Bustard. They mainly survive in the arid and semi-arid grasslands of India. Unfortunately, they were shifted from being endangered to critically endangered species in 2011. Today, a very small population of Indian Bustards are found scattered across India. However, major concentration of them can be seen in Jawaharlal Nehru Bustard Sanctuary.
Jawaharlal Nehru Bustard Sanctuary
The Great Indian Bustard Sanctuary is located at Solapur in Maharashtra. It is also known as Jawaharlal Nehru Bustard Sanctuary where semi-arid vegetation supports as the habitat of the Great Indian Bustards.
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In recent decades, there have been several projects to preserve the Bengal Tigers. The 'Project Tiger' is one of the big campaigns to protect the population of tigers. Most of these have been fruitful in preserving and increasing the number of Bengal Tigers. These big cats are definitely one of the exotic animals found in India and are endangered. Bengal Tigers are found in many national parks and tiger reserves across India.
Jim Corbett National Park
The sub-Himalayan belt of Jim Corbett National Park was the first reserve to be listed under Project Tiger in Nainital. Jim Corbett National Park has been one of the popular wildlife destinations and a place for exotic animals (especially Bengal tigers) found only in India. The moist deciduous forests and grassland vegetation of Jim Corbett is a home to a number of Bengal tigers which are the endangered species of animals in India.
It is sad that these exotic wild animals are hit due to globalization. Though many efforts are done to save them, there is a dire need to protect them from hazards like illegal poaching. Yes, these wildlife destinations are the only way to catch a glimpse of these animals but try not hurt or disturb the animals. Try to keep distance and follow all rules to save yourselves and animals.