Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary

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Barnawapara

Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the wildlife sanctuaries located in Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, in the region at 21°23’45″N 82°25’23″E. It covers an area of 245 sq km in the Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh and is popular for its lush green forest cover. It is a small sanctuary and has sizeable population of the common Leopard. It was established in 1976, under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and it is state’s second most popular wildlife sanctuary. The thick vegetation comprises of Teak, Sal and Bamboo. The diverse wildlife population comprises of Tigers, Sloth Bears, Jackals, Leopards, four-horned Antelopes, striped Hyaenas, Chinkara, Barking Deer, Porcupine, Gaur, Muntjac, and Bison. The tigers migrate from one forest patch to another in the state but the sanctuary does not have any resident Tiger population.The less population of tigers has cleared the way for the Leopard to thrive at the top of the food chain of this sanctuary. The tourists visit the sanctuary to spot the common Leopard which can be easily found, as compared to other forests. The whole landscape of the sanctuary is a mix of flat and hilly terrain, and offers picturesque views of rivulets and streams flowing down the rolling hills into the flat lands to create water bodies that attract a large number of bird species. The sanctuary is also the home for the several species of Parrots and Parakeets, White-rumped Vultures, Green Avadavats, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowls, Woodpeckers and Racket-tailed Drongos. The time between the months of November and June is the best time to visit it. During the monsoons,it remains closed from 1st July to 31st October




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