Wild life

Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh

The Nehru Zoological Park, near the Mir Alam Tank, in Hyderabad is a natural habitat, supporting a teeming wildlife population. It has to its credit the first lion safari park of South Asia.The Pakkal, Tadvai and Ethurnagaram sanctuaries abound in tiger, panther, wild boar, jackal, muntjack, fox, gaur, wild dog and the sloth bear. The Kolleru Lake situated 95 km from Amravati, is a haven for migratory birds. A little beyond 8 km lies Aredu, India's largest pelicanry, a favourite haunt of migratory birds.

Kawak Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad district lies 50 km from Mancheral railway station. The prominent animals here are the sloth bear, deer, antelope and leopard. The delta region of the Godavari has the Coringa Sanctuary which is renowned for reptiles like the salt water crocodile. Just a few kilometres away from Hyderabad are three deer parks - the Jawahar Lake Deer Park, famous for the chital, and the Mahavir Vansthali Park, and Mrugavani Chilkur Park famous for the sambar, chinkara, chowsingha, blackbuck and chital.

Nagarjunasagar - Srisailam Sanctuary The largest of the country's Tiger Reserves, the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Sanctuary is spread over an area of 3568 sq. km. Adjoining the reserve is the great reservoir of the Nagarjunasagar Dam on the Krishna river. The dry deciduous forests harbour a plethora of fauna - like the tiger, leopard, sloth bear, hyena, jungle cat, palm civet, bonnet macaque and the pangolin.

The best time to visit is October-June.

The nearest town is Macherla (29 km).

The nearest airport and rail-head is at Hyderabad (150 km).

Contact: Field Director, Project Tiger, Srisailam Dam East, Andhra Pradesh - 512102.

The Kinnerasani Deer Park and wildlife sanctuaries at Gudem and Parvatipuram are the other gems in the state's natural treasure trove.

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