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WILDLIFE SANCTUARIES, ZOOS AND BOTANICAL GARDENS IN WEST BENGAL


Total recorded forest land in West Bengal is 11,879 square km which is 13.38% of the geographical area of the state. The state has six national parks, fifteen wildlife sanctuaries. The major wildlife tourist attraction is Royal Bengal Tiger with other important wildlife species such as jungle cat, leopard, leopard cat, marbled cat, golden cat, red panda, gaur, clouded leopard, pygmy hog, elephant, spotted deer, barking deer, serow, black bear, fishing cat, macaque, river dolphin and rhinoceros. The district wise wildlife areas are as follows.

Kolkata

Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata

Agri Horticultural Society of India, Alipore, Kolkata

Alipore Zoological Gardens, Kolkata

Marble Palace zoo, Kolkata

Birbhum

Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Birbhum

Nadia

Bethuadahari Wildlife Sanctuary, Nadia

North 24 Parganas

Bibhutibhusan Wildlife Sanctuary (Parmadan Forest), North 24 Parganas

Jalpaiguri

Buxa Tiger Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary, Jalpaiguri

Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary, Jalpaiguri

Gorumara National Park, Jalpaiguri

Neora Valley National Park, Jalpaiguri

South 24 Parganas

Sunderbans Tiger Reserve

Haliday Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Lothian Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Narendrapur Wildlife Sanctuary

Sajnekhali Wildlife Sanctuary

Cooch Behar

Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, Cooch Behar

Darjeeling

Jorpokhri Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling

Lloyd's Botanical Garden, Darjeeling

Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling

Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, Darjeeling

Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, Darjeeling

Singhalila National Park, Darjeeling

Uttar Dinajpur

Raiganj Wildlife Sanctuary, North Dinajpur

Burdwan

Ramnabagan Wildlife Sanctuary, Burdwan

Eco Tourism in West Bengal

The forest areas in West Bengal provide excellent opportunities for adventure and ecotourism as well as for nature education. Picturesque forest bungalows and rest houses of the forest department are also made available for tourists. Tourists are encouraged to visit the nature trails and trekking routes, permits for which are given by the local forest offices. The Government tourism department organises conducted tours to the Sunderbans and Dooars. For more information check Wildlife wing, Directorate of Forests, West Bengal (http://www.wildbengal.com) or you can also check http://wbfdc.net/onlineguestlogin.aspx.

West Bengal Forest Department (www.westbengalforest.gov.in)

The department actively involves in conservation and protection of forest areas. It is also government agency for effective and efficient implementation of forest laws and rules.

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