Wildlife in Andhra Pradesh
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
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
The nearest town is Macherla
The nearest airport and
rail-head is at Hyderabad
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.