India - Goa Wildlife Tourism

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Goa Wildlife Tourism

Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary

The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is only bird sanctuary in Goa on the western tip of the island of Chorao along River Mandovi.  Mangrove ecosystems provide refuge and breeding grounds for several varieties of fishes and insects. Apart from birds the sanctuary also has the animals like crocodiles, foxes, and jackals.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary located in the Goan town of Mollem is the largest of Goa's protected wildlife areas. The animals that are sheltered in the sanctuary include Gaur, Sambar, Leopards, Spotted Deer, Slender Toris, Jungle Cats, Malayan Giant Squirrels, Pythons and Cobras.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary

The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary has a mini zoo, sprawling deer park in natural habitat, botanical and Rose gardens. The area is covered with Moist Deciduous Forests, with small patches of Evergreens and Canes along the nullahs. Gaur, the state animal is found in the region. The Panther, the Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Toddy Cat, Deers (Sambar, Spotted, Hog, Barking and Mouse)

Wild Boar, Porcupines Scaly Ant Eater, Malabar Giant Squirrel and Flying lizard (Draco) are the animals of the sanctuary.

Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary

The Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary has multi-storeyed forest with tall trees and rare plants, where hardly any light reaches the ground. It has the vegetation which is mostly moist-deciduous type, interspersed with semi-evergreen and evergreen patches. The Nature interpretation Centre run by the Forest Department is a valuable repository of knowledge. The animals include Gazelles, Sloth Bears, Porcupines, Panthers, Hyenas, Wild Boar and Gaur.

 

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