Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located at 15°30′23″N 74°23′30″E / 15.50639°N 74.39167°E / 15.50639; 74.39167 in Uttara Kannada District of Karnataka state in India. The sanctuary covers an area of 866.41 km2 (334.52 sq mi).[1]

Malabar pied hornbills at Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary

Along with neighboring Anshi National Park (339.87 square kilometres (83,980 acres)), the sanctuary was declared part of the Anshi Dandeli Tiger Reserve in 2006. Karnataka state government has officially notified the Dandeli Elephant Reserve under Project Elephant on 4 June 2015. The elephant reserve is spread over 2,321 km2, including 475 km2 as core and the remaining as buffer areas. This is the second elephant reserve in Karnataka after Mysuru Elephant Reserve, which was declared in 2002.[2]

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is a birdwatchers paradise, housing nearly 200 species of birds,[3] most famous for the great hornbill (great Indian hornbill or great pied hornbill) and the Malabar pied hornbill. It is also the only known tiger reserve in India to report frequent sightings of the elusive black panther. It is also known to house the Indian sloth bear, the Indian pangolin, the giant Malabar squirrel, dhole, the Indian jackal and the muntjac (barking deer). Sightings of the Indian elephant and the Indian peafowl are pretty common. The king cobra and the mugger crocodile (Indian crocodile) are the prime reptilians in Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary.

The forests in Dandeli are a mixture of dense deciduous trees interspersed with bamboo and teak plantations. The sanctuary is rich in flora and fauna. Crocodiles are major wildlife attraction in this sanctuary. It offers a unique experience of bird watching and crocodile spotting. You can walk through the forest or enjoy bird watching. There are a variety of reptilian and amphibian species in and around the wildlife sanctuary.

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  1. ^ around the city of Dandeli. Efforts to-Preserve Wildlife and Forests Near-National Park by-Fixing-Boundaries, Karnataka Government, 2011, retrieved 12 March 2012
  2. ^ "Dandeli Elephant Reserve notified". The Hindu. Mysuru, India. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Know more about Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary Tourist Places & Resorts". www.dandeli.com. Retrieved 18 September 2015.