Monday, 21 October 2013

India Jungles – Hosting a Protected Wealth of Wildlife

The Indian landmass is one of the 12 mega-biodiversity regions of the world.  Being a home to a little more than 7 % of the world’s total animal species, Indian jungles protect the bio-diverse wildlife of the country. This is one great reason why the country hosts six of the natural world heritage sites. Let us present these naturally bestowed Indian jungles.
Jungles of Assam host two prominent wildlife sanctuaries. The first, Kaziranga National Park is one of the last regions in eastern India bestowed with the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, the state animal of Assam. Apart from rhinos, the dense spread of forest in Kaziranga also hosts as home to many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers bears, and thousands of birds.
The second recognized world wildlife spread in Assam is Manas Wildlife Sanctuary. Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, this wild spread features alluvial grasslands, tropical forests and a great variety of wildlife including tiger, Indian rhinoceros, hog and Indian elephant.
Towards the extreme east of the country, there is another wildlife heaven known as Sundarbans National Park. The world’s largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans is shared between the two countries of India and Bangladesh. More of the wildlife concentrated zone belongs to the buffer zone in India. The wildlife cover here includes endangered species like Bengal tigers, birds, water mammals and crocodiles.
The next recognized world heritage site belongs to Rajasthan’s Keoladeo National Park. Formerly a royal duck-hunting reserve, this is now a major ornithologist’s delight. In winters, this sanctuary hosts as many as 364 species of birds that come from distant regions like China, Afghanistan and Siberia to the jungles of Keoladeo and spend their winters here. This sanctuary is also famous as Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Nanda Devi National Park in west Himalayan zone of Uttarakhand hosts the natural wealth of flora and fauna together. This natural stretch is bedecked with rare and endangered species including snow leopard, the Asiatic black bear, brown bear and blue sheep.
The next amongst the natural world heritage sites, Western Ghats is the most recently recognized heritage sites of the country. Older than the Himalayas, Western Ghats jungles feature rare forest ecosystems that influence the Indian monsoon weather pattern. These forests regulate the tropical climate of the region and present the classic specimen of monsoon system on the earth. These Indian jungles also host the rich biological diversity and are a home to 325 globally threatened flora, fauna, amphibian, birds, reptiles and fish species. Certainly, it is the boon to India.

Apart from these recognized forests, there are numerous jungles in India, far and wide, that host the colourful and creative mix of wildlife in the country. A wildlife adventurer and enthusiast cannot miss out the thrills of jungle tour packages to India. Conceptualized keeping in mind the interests of the adventurers and conservationalists, these wildlife tour packages presents the clear picture of the exotic animals and endangered species of the country.