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Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary
Itanagar wildlife sanctuary is one of the most popular tourist places in Arunachal Pradesh state of India. In this sanctuary Leopard, Tigers (including snow tigers), Barking Deer and other species are naturally habited. Though, the total population of Tigers is not more than 17 in this area as Tigers are endangered species and the maximum population of this animal is found in Sundarban area of West Bengal and Ranthambhour forest area of Rajasthan state of India. Other species are habited in this sanctuary are also in less population because of terrain. Wild species are naturally of moving nature. After a specific period, they move to another location in search of food and den. Though, some vegetarian wild animals are still habited in large numbers in this sanctuary.
This sanctuary was earlier a forest reserve and named after the city Itanagar. But later in 1976, it was decided to make this area as a part of Project Tiger as Tiger species were also habiting in this area. This area is geographically enclosed by four water streams namely Pam River, Pachhin, Neorochi and Chingke stream. The surroundings provide a better and picturesque view of the entire area. This area is very suitable for habiting of elephants. Sambars, Barking Deers and Panthers also like this type of atmosphere where hunting and bathing facilities are closer. But increasing human interference for habitation disturbed the natural living of Tigers and accordingly their population gone down. Hornbill is also found in this sanctuary in large numbers. This bird is given the level of State Bird of Arunachal Pradesh. Inspite of various disturbances created, this sanctuary is still the most liked natural habitat of wild species including migratory birds.
How to Reach
This sanctuary can be accessed though all the means of transportation available.
Lilabari airport in Assam is the nearest airport to reach this sanctuary by Air. From Lilabari Airport, this sirte is 67 kilometers away and local transportation is available.
Due to hilly terrain , rail facility for reaching this sanctuary is available upto Harmuti railway station in Assam. 52 Kilometers road journey is to be performed from this station.
Night Bus Service is available from Guwahati to Itanagar and covers the distance in 12 hours. The transportation is also managed by Arunachal State Transport Corporation.
Zoological Park is another site to be visited while coming to this sanctuary. This Park is being supervised by Dy. Chief Wildlife warden. Ganga Lake is also the view point for the visitors. A Forest Research institute is also established in this area by state government.
Flora and Fauna
The vegetation in this sanctuary is of Semi Tropical nature. Greenery and density of vegetation is another aspect of Flora of this area. The dense forestry also provides a better shelter to various species habited inside the sanctuary. In the entire area of this sanctuary, Bamboo trees are a common site as the area is depends on the Bamboo vegetation.
Elephants, Panthers, Tiger, Snow Leopards and Hyenas are also habited in this sanctuary. Various dangerous reptiles are also found in the valley as the area is surrounded by water points. River Basins are the main habitat of Large Crocodiles, Gharials and Boas. Typical Indian Cobra is also found in this sanctuary. Monitor Lizard, Black spotted turtles are also in the important water species found here. In birds, spotted ducks, Cranes and Hornbills can be spotted easily and migratory birds also move to and fro this sanctuary.