BARNAWAPARA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Located in northern part of Mahasamund district of Chhattisgarh, Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest and important wildlife sanctuaries in the region. Established in 1976 under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, the sanctuary is relatively a small one covering an area of only 245 sq km. the topography of the region comprises of flat and hilly terrain with altitudes ranging between 265-400 mts. The Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is widely known for its lush green vegetations and unique wildlife.
The park displays a fascinating range of floral diversity that includes tropical dry deciduous forests and bamboo groves. There are other sundry floral species also. You will find valuable Teak trees, Semal, Mahua, Ber, Tendu, Terminalia and other miscellaneous species also. The unique lush green vegetation of the park makes it more attractive to its gazers.
The persistent drainage system of the sanctuary is a source of sustenance of the wide variety of faunal species. Flying squirrels, Black Buck, Cobra, Python, Jungle Cat (Felis chaus), Leopard, striped Hyena, Jackal (Canis aureus), Indian Wild Dog (Cuon alpines), Sloth Bear (Melursus ursinus), Chital Axis, Sambar (Cervus unicolor), Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak), Wild Boar (Sus scrofa), Gaur (Bos guarus) Nilgai (Boselaphus tragocamelus), and others are the commonly found wild animals.
Other than the above-mentioned, you would also find a number of winged creatures like Herons, Parrots, Green Avadavat, Lesser Kestrels, Peafowl, Egrets, Wood Peckers, Bulbul, Racket-tailed Drongo and White-rumped Vultures. It’s a heavenly paradise for bird watchers. It is sure that all these floral and faunal species would keep you occupied during your trip in the Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary