Rajasthan- A haven for wildlife

The wildlife in Rajasthan is continuously and steadily thriving with efforts by the state government to create safe sanctuaries for the flora as well as fauna which is found here. With the opening of the Amagarh Leopard Reserve in Jaipur akin to Jhalana Leopard Park and the notification of the state’s Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve in Bundi district recently, Rajasthan is making great strides towards wildlife conservation.

With the Amagarh Leopard Safari, Jaipur is the first city in India to have two leopard reserves while Ramgarh became Rajasthan’s 4th and the country’s 52nd tiger reserve.

The recently formed Amagarh leopard reserve is the third such kind in Rajasthan after Jhalana and Jawai. Online booking for the leopard safaris have also begun where slots are available for both mornings and evenings. This is a major step in the conservation of the big cats family as previously a lion safari has also been started at Nahargarh Biological Park in Jaipur.

The newly notified Ramgarh reserve has a total area of 1,501.89 square kilometres including a core of 481.90 square kilometres and buffer of 1,019.98 square kilometres. It comprises forest blocks of Bhilwara, National Chambal Sanctuary, the territorial forest block of Bundi and Indargarh, which fall under the buffer zone of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. In 1982, a part of the forest was declared as Ramgarh Vishdhari Wildlife Sanctuary under Section 5 of the Rajasthan Wild Animals and Birds Protection Act, 1951. The core area of Ramgarh Vishdhari has eight villages while the reserve itself has many species of wildlife including other members of the big cat family apart from the tiger.

Rajasthan has become a prized destination for wildlife lovers as in all the reserves, parks and sanctuaries, visitors get a perfect opportunity to see the wild animals in their natural habitat.

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