Hastinapur Sanctuary and National Park is pregnant with numerous species of wildlife, as result of the diverse topography and ecological setting. The wild animals range from mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and marine and aquatic life. Amongst the invertebrates Centipedes, Dragonflies, Wasps, Scorpions, Termites and Lepidopteras are found the most. Peacock, the National Bird, is also found through out the reserve. There are a diverse range of wild animals in Hastinapur Sanctuary, like Leopard, Sloth Bear, various types of wild cats such as Civet, Fishing Cat, Jungle Cat, Wolf, Jackal, Wild Boar, Hyena, Chital, Nilgai and many more are scattered though the Sanctuary. Alligators and Gharials are also found in abundance.
Due to the swampy land beside the Ganga, Hastinapur Sanctuary has become a refuge for migratory birds. More than 350 different species of birds can be seen here like Sarus Crane, White Necked Stork, Black Stork, Painted Stork, and also nocturnal birds of prey like various types of Owls like the Jungle Owlet and the Great Indian Horned Owl. Moreover Kingfisher, Woodpecker, Bulbul, Bee Eaters and Minivet are also present in the reserve.
Other than Alligators, Gangetic Dolphins are also found along the river, particularly between Bijnor and Haridwar.
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(Last Updated on : 29-10-2014)
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