Flora and Fauna in Lakhari Valley Sanctuary
The Ambapani Wildlife Sanctuary houses a wide variety of flora and fauna. More than 60 varieties of mangrove forests comprises of the chief vegetation of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is one of the evergreen repositories of mangrove forests in the world. Plants like Teak, Bamboo, Salaia, Tendu, Bel, Cassia, Terminenalai Hiwar, Zizphus, Helicteres, Dhawda, Sal, Babul, Bija, Palas, and many other are found here.
Notable faunal species in the Ambapani Wildlife Sanctuary include Jungle Fowl, Sambar, Blue Bull, Sloth Bear, Crocodile, Barking Deer, Leopard, Wild Boar, Hyena, Chinkara, Four-Horned Antelope, and others. The deer designed in curved antlers are famous here. One can also get a glimpse of the Black Panther and Spotted Deer at the Behra Reservoir. The most important animal here is the elephants. This is one of the most elephant populated sanctuaries in the country. Besides providing tourists with a glimpse of the majestic elephants of the Lakhari Valley Sanctuary Orissa, the sanctuary also offers other attractions which include Blackbucks, which abound the areas in and around the Bhetnai region of Orissa. Blackbuck (Antilope cervicapra), also known as Krishna Mrigam is a species of antelope which is one of the fastest of all terrestrial animals. These are found primarily in India, southern Nepal, Texas, Argentina and Pakistan.
The Ambapani Wildlife Sanctuary is a favourite spot of the tourists who can spend their quality time in the lap of nature and enjoy the panoramic vista of the place. Tourists visiting this place can put at Podamari, Digapahandi, Panthanivas at Taptapani (hot spring), Mohana or even Chandragiri (Tibetan settlement).
(Last Updated on : 29-10-2014)
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