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Wildlife sanctuaries in India

Wildlife sanctuaries in India

India is endowed with a wide variety of biodiversity. Apart from the national parks, India has many wildlife sanctuaries. UPSC is fond of asking questions from protected areas, and you can expect questions from this section, specifically in UPSC Prelims every year. In our articles, we have already discussed the list of national parks in India and the list of biosphere reserves in India. In this article, will discuss the list of wildlife sanctuaries in India.

 

Wildlife sanctuaries in India

S.No.  

State/UT

Total number of Wildlife Sanctuaries
1 Andhra Pradesh 13
2 Arunachal Pradesh 11
3 Assam 18
4 Bihar 12
5 Chhattisgarh 11
6 Goa 6
7 Gujarat 23
8 Haryana 8
9 Himachal Pradesh 28
10 Jammu &Kashmir 15
11 Jharkhand 11
12 Karnataka 30
13 Kerala 17
14 Madhya Pradesh 25
15 Maharashtra 42
16 Manipur 2
17 Meghalaya 4
18 Mizoram 8
19 Nagaland 3
20 Odisha 19
21 Punjab 13
22 Rajasthan 25
23 Sikkim 7
24 Tamil Nadu 29
25 Tripura 4
26 Uttar Pradesh 25
27 Uttarakhand 7
28 West Bengal 15
29 Telangana 9
30 Andaman and Nicobar Islands 96
31 Chandigarh 2
32 Dadar & Nagar

Haweli

1
33 Lakshadweep 1
34 Daman & Diu 1
35 Delhi 1
36 Pondicherry 1

 

As you can see, India has many wildlife sanctuaries and remembering all of them is neither feasible not desirable as the cost to benefit ratio is not promising. Below is the list of important wildlife sanctuaries in India that the candidates must go through before sitting for UPSC Prelims 2022.

 

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List of Wildlife Sanctuaries in India: States

 

Sl. No. States Wildlife Sanctuaries
1. Assam Nambor WLS
Dihing Patkai WLS
East Karbi Anglong WLS
Chakrashila WLS
Amchang WLS
2. Bihar Kaimur WLS
Gautam Budha WLS
Pant (Rajgir) WLS
Valmiki WLS
3. Chhatisgarh Bhairamgarh WLS
Badalkhol WLS
Bhoramdev WLS
Udanti Wild Buffalo WLS
4. Goa Bondla WLS
Madei WLS
5. Gujarat Kutch Desert WLS
Porbandar Lake WLS
Jambugodha WLS
Wild Ass WLS
Ratanmahal WLS
Thol Lake WLS
Sasan Gir Sanctuary
Mitiyala WLS
6. Haryana Bhindawas WLS
N Khaparwas WLS
Kalesar WLS
7. Himachal Pradesh Bandli WLS
Daranghati WLS
Dhauladhar WLS
Talra WLS
Pong Dam Lake WLS
Nargu WLS
9. Jharkhand Lawalong WLS
Parasnath WLS
Palkot WLS
10. Karnataka Someshwara WLS
Bhadra WLS
Bhimgad WLS
Brahmagiri WLS
Cauvery WLS
Pushpagiri WLS
Sharavathi Valley WLS
11. Kerala Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
Aralam WLS
Chimmony WLS
Idukki WLS
Malabar WLS
12. Madhya Pradesh Bori WLS
Gandhi Sagar WLS
Ken Gharial WLS
National Chambal WLS
Orcha WLS
13. Maharashtra Koyana WLS
Painganga WLS
Bhimashankar WLS
Tungareshwar WLS
Great Indian Bustard WLS
14. Manipur Yangoupokpi-Lokchao WLS
15. Meghalaya
16. Mizoram Dampa WLS (TR)
Ngengpui WLS
Baghmara Pitcher Plant WLS
17. Nagaland Fakim WLS
Rangapahar WLS
18. Odisha Baisipalli WLS
Chilika (Nalaban) WLS
Hadgarh WLS
Satkosia Gorge WLS
19. Punjab Abohar WLS
Harike Lake WLS
Jhajjar Bacholi WLS
20. Rajasthan Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
Jawahar Sagar WLS
Mount Abu WLS
Ramsagar WLS
Shergarh WLS
21. Sikkim Fambong Lho WLS
Kitam WLS (Bird)
Maenam WLS
22. Tamil Nadu Indira Gandhi (Annamalai) WLS
Karaivetti WLS
Pulicat Lake WLS
Vedanthangal WLS
Kalakad WLS
23. Tripura Gumti WLS
Rowa WLS
Trishna WLS
24. Uttarakhand Askot Musk Deer WLS
Binsar WLS
Govind Pashu Vihar WLS
Kedarnath WLS
Sonanadi WLS
25. Uttar Pradesh Hastinapur WLS
Ranipur WLS
Sohagibarwa WLS
Sur Sarovar WLS
Chandraprabha WLS
National Chambal WLS
26. West Bengal Sunderbans Wildlife Sanctuary
Chintamani Kar Bird Sanctuary
Haliday Island WLS
Ballavpur WLS
Lothian Island WLS
Mahananda WLS

 

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List of Wildlife Sanctuaries in India: UTs

Sl. No. UTs Wildlife Sancuary
1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands Bamboo Island WLS
Barren Island WLS
Chanel Island WLS
Peacock Island WLS
Turtle Islands WLS
2. Jammu & Kashmir Gulmarg WLS
Limber WLS
Nandini WLS
3. Lakshadweep Pitti WLS (Bird)
4. Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Dadra & Nagar Haveli WLS
Fudam WLS

 

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