Manali Wildlife Sanctuary, sprawling over a small area of 31.8 sq km, is one of the popular tourist attractions in Manali. On 26 February 1954, the place was declared as a sanctuary under the Punjab Birds and Wild Animals Protection Act of 1933. This sanctuary is abode to several endangered and rare species of animals, reptiles, mammals and birds.
However, travellers can mostly see the barking deer, Kashmir flying squirrel, Himalayan black bear, flying fox, Himalayan yellow throated marten and Himalayan palm civet in this sanctuary. Indian hare, musk deer, stripped hyena, leopard, monal and brown bear are a few of the other animals that can be spotted here.