Radhanagri National Park

Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary

Radhanagri Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Kolhapur district

Area:351.16 sq.km

Uniqueness:The topography of entire protected area is undulating with steep escarpments. Soil is reddish and lateritic. Plateaus or “Sadas” have high percentage of bauxite ore.

Flora:The main forest types are ” Southern semi evergreen forest”, ” Southern Moist Mixed deciduous forest” and ” Southern evergreen forest”. The The forest crop density in this area is between 0.4 to 0.9. The forest at “Kaladung” & “Patycha Dang” are having crop density more than 0.9 Dominant species are Anjani, Jambul, Hirda, Awala, Pisa, Ain, Kinjal, Amba, Kumbha, Bhoma, Chandala, Katak, Nana, Umbar, Jambha, Gela, Bibba etc.. Karvi is found almost all over the area. Climbers such as Shikekai, Garambi are quite frequent. Shrubs species and Medicinal plants such as Karvand, Vagati, Ranmiri, Tamalpati, Toran, Dhayati, Kadipatta, Narkya, Murudsheng, etc. with small quantity of Bamboo are also found Quite a large numbers of ephemerals, bulbs of seasonal plants are found.

Fauna:This sanctuary is well known for bison(500), the tallest and the most splendid of living wild oxen. Few other animals have the combination of bucolic charm and great-muscled power of the gaur. A big lone bull and calf running with its mother or a large herd grazing in the jungles, is a memorable sight that one would recall with delight years later. Other animals, sheltered in the sanctuary Leopard(5), Sloth bear, Wild boar(80), Barking deer(140), Mouse deer(80), Sambar(120), Giant squirrel(50), Wild dogs(70) are major animals found in the protected area. Many types of Reptiles amphibians and many birds species such as vultures eagles, Jungle fowl, Quails, Plovers, Sand pipers, Owlets, Doves, Owls, Nightjars, Kingfishers, Bee-eater, Hornbills, Woodpeckers, Bulbul, Flycatchers, Warblers, Wagtails, Sunbirds are commonly seen.

Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Kolhapur (85kms.). By Rail: Karad (40kms.), By Road: Karad (35kms.) on Pune-Banglore highway.

Accommodation:Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forests. Kolhapur

Season:August to February

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India

Rehkuri Blackbuck Wildlife Sanctuary

Rehkuri Blackbuck Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Ahmednagar district

Area:2.17 Sq. Kms

Uniqueness:N/A

Flora:The forest type is dry deciduous scrub forest. The main species are Acacia catechu (Khair), Acacia sp. (Hivar), Dalbergia latifolia (Sisoo), Santalum album (Chandan), Ziziphus mauritiana (Ber), Carissa opaca (Karwand), Alysicarpus bupleurifolius, Cyathocline purpurea, Eriocauion diane, Merremia emarginata, Cucumis melo, Cyperus kyllingia, Striga densiflora, Mareilea minuta.

Fauna:The area is rich in grassland fauna. The main species are Antilope cervicapra Linn (Blackbuck), Gazelia bennetti (Chinkara), Canis lupus (Wolf), Vulpes bengalensis (Indian Fox).

Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Pune (150 km.), By Rail: Daund (70 Km.), By Road: Karjat ( 8 km.)

Accommodation:Forest Rest House. 2 Suites, Dy.C.F.(Wildlife),Pune

Season:August to January

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Western Region, New P.M.T. Building, Swargate, Shankarshet Road, Pune 411042 Maharashtra, India.

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Khanapur, Walva and Palus tehsils of Sangli district

Area:10.87 sq.km

Uniqueness:This sanctuary is unique in a number of ways. It is one of the very rare experiments and a significant endeavor in conservation in the sense that it is almost entirely a man made sanctuary, created through a planned afforestation programme, with an unreserved co-operation of the local population. Sagareshwar is an artificially cultivated forest without a sufficient perennial supply off water and in which most of the wildlife species are artificially introduced in 1980. This protected area was previously declared as a forest park and a deer park was established within this on an area over 35 Ha.

Flora:The forest type is Southern dry mixed deciduous and Southern thorn forest protection from grazing and forest fire has resulted in good regeneration of dry deciduous species. Hill slopes are covered with grassed. Protected Area was earlier managed under pasture working circle. Planted species were Tamarind, Neem, Kashid, Subabool, Gulmolhar, Anjan, Nilgiri, Australian acacia, Pangara, Chilar, sisoo, Agave, Khair, Karnaj, Shiras, Char, Bahava, Dhavada,etc.. Density of the forest crop is below 0.4.

Fauna:There are no major carnivorous species like tiger and panther in the Sanctuary. However small carnivore like hyena, fox and porcupines are found in the protected area. Sambar , blackbucks , wild boar , peacocks, cheetal etc. are the major animals found in the sanctuary.Quite a large number of insects, birds and reptiles are also found in the sanctuary.

Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Kolhapur (85kms.), By Rail: Karad (40kms.), By Road: Karad (35kms.) on Pune-Banglore highway.

Accommodation:Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 00dia

Season:August to February

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India

Tadoba-andhari Tiger Reserve

Tadoba-andhari Tiger Reserve

Location: Chandrapur district

Area:625.40 sq. km

Uniqueness:The Reserve contains some of the best of forest tracks and endowed with rich biodiversity. It is famous for its natural heritage. Tadoba-andhari Tiger Reserve is the second Tiger Reserve in the State.

Flora:Teak, Ain, Bija, Dhauda, Haldu, Salai, Semal, Tendu and bamboo

Fauna:Tiger, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Gaur or Indian Bison, Rusty Spotted Cat, Ratel, Indian mouse deer, Spotted deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Four horned antelope, Wild dog, Flying Squirrel etc.

Accessibility:Air: Nearest airport: Nagpur (142 km/3 hours). Rail: Nearest railhead: Chandrapur (45 km/1hour). Road: Take the Nagpur-Hyderabad NH7 till jamb and then SH264 to Warora and Chandrapur; you can also take the district road from Warora to Tadoba via Shegaon and Mudholi

Accommodation:Accommodation is surprisingly plentiful and varied at this relatively remote reserve. The MTDC Tourist Complex at Moharli Village is a great option. There is also the Tiger Trails Jungle Lodges.

Season:November to March

Contact:Field Director. Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Near Govt. Printing Press, Near Zero Mile, Civil Lines, Distt. Chandrapur, Nagpur-440001 Maharashtra

Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary

Tansa Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Thane district

Area:320 sq.kms

Uniqueness:The wildlife sanctuary at Tansa in Thana district comprises the catchment area of Tansa Lake and the surrounding forests of Shahapur, Khardi, Vaitarna and East Wada Ranges in Shahapur tahsil of Thana district. The glittering expanse of Tansa Lake is an eye-catching spectacle and a perennial source of water to wild life in the sanctuary. Being not far from the metropolis of Bombay, the sanctuary bids fair to be of great attraction to its citizens.

Flora:The vegetation corresponds to the “southern tropical moist deciduous forests”. The density of forest ranges between 0.5 to 0.8. Major tree species exist in the area are Tectona grandis (Teak), Acacia catechu (Khair), Terminalia tomentosa (Ain), Adina cordifolia (Hed), Mitragyna parviflora (Kalamb), Pterocarpes marsupium (Bibla), etc.. Bamboo is also found in patches

Fauna:The forest in the sanctuary provide ideal conditions of harbourage to a variety of birds and animals. There are atleast 54 species of animals and 200 species of birds do exist in the sanctuary. Major wild animals are Panther, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Hyena, Wild boar etc..

Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Mumbai (90 Kms.), By Rail: The nearest railhead is Atgaon on the Central Railway barely 13 Kms from the sanctuary. Khardi is 118 Kms from Mumbai C.S.T., By Road: From the city of Mumbai the sanctuary is about 95 Kms. and can be accessed by road from Shahapur Town located on Mumbai-Agra National Highway No.3.

Accommodation:Contact: Deputy Conservator of Forests Naupada, Thane (West)

Season:November to May

Contact:Deputy Conservator of Forests, (Wildlife), Thane Wildlife Division, L.B.S.Marg, Naupada, Thane (West), Maharashtra India 400 602

Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Yawal Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Yawal Tehsil of Jalgaon district

Area:

Uniqueness:: It is an excellent wild life habitat in western Satpura hill ranges similar to Melghat tiger reserve. The forest type is southern tropical dry deciduous forests. In the northern Maharashtra the protected area has viable tiger population and has an extensive forest area on the outskirts.

Flora:Teak, Salai and anjan trees dominate in the forest, other main species are Ain, Shisam, Haldu, Tiwas, Khair, Charoli, Ja,mun, Tendu, Awala etc. There is a dense growth of bamboo and grasses.

Fauna:Tiger, Leopard, Hyena, Jackal, Fox, Wolf, Sambar, Chinkara, Nilgai, Wild boar, Barking deer, Jungle cat, Palm civet, Wild dog Sloth beer, Flying Squirrel etc. common grass land birds and hill birds dominate the avifauna in addition there are few wet land birds do exist. Sukilake do attract migratory birds.

Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Aurangabad (255 Kms). By Rail: Raver railway station on Bombay-Bhusawal Khandwa line is 25 kms. from sanctaury. By Road : Raver 25 Kms., Yawal 67 Km. easily approachable by road.

Accommodation:Day visit from Shirpur may be sufficient. However for night stay following accommodations may be available.

Season:February to May

Contact:ACF (WL),Yawal, At Yawal, Dist Jalgaon, 425301,Maharashtra, India.

Yedshi Ramling Wildlife Sanctuary

Yedshi Ramling Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: N/A

Area:N/A

Uniqueness:N/A

Flora:The area has dry deciduous forest with stunted tree growth and mainly thorny species. Major tree species are Dhawda, Salai, Babuldhaman, Apta, Sitaphal, Hiwar, Bor, Khair etc. Shrubs include Karwand, Lantana etc. Also trees like Arjun, Teak, Sandal, Bel, Dikamals are found. Grasses include shedya, mavvel, Kusali etc.

Fauna:Chinkara, Hyena, Wolf, Wild bear, Fox, Black duck, Hares, Peacock has major dominance in number. So far more than 100 species of birds have been recorded.

Accessibility:Nearest Airport: Aurangabad By Rail: Yedshi is the railway station on the way to Miraj. Later narrow gauge rail line passes through region. By Road: Latur-Barshi road, Yedshi-Sonegaon-Bhanasgaon road passes through sanctuary.

Accommodation:Contact: Range Forest Officer, (Wildlife),

Season:October to June

Contact:Range Forest Officer, (Wildlife), Yedshi, Ramling, C/O Range Forest Officer, Tuljapur at Osmanabad, Maharashtra, India.

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