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Ten largest National Parks in India and its endangered species

The theme of World Wildlife Day, March 3, 2017, is ‘Listen to the young voices.’ It aims to empower and engage the youth in conservation issues. The involvement of youth in wildlife conservation is high on the agenda of the United Nations. At present India has a network of 700 Protected Areas (103 National Parks, 528 Wildlife Sanctuaries, 65 Conservation Reserves and 4 Community Reserves).

There are 103 existing national parks in India covering an area of 40,500 square km, which is 1.23 per cent of the geographical area of the country (National Wildlife Database, April 2015). Below is a list of 10 of the largest national parks in the country, in descending order, and the endangered species that they house.

Snow leopard

Photo credit- Snow leopard, CORBIS

  • Hemis National Park

Covers an area of 3350 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1981

Located in Leh District of Jammu and Kashmir

Endangered species include snow leopard, bahral, Asiatic ibex and mountain weasel.

great-indian-bustard

Photo Credit- Great Indian Bustard, ReliveEarth

  • Desert National Park

Covers an area of 3162 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1992

Located in Barmer and Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan

Endangered species include great Indian bustard, Bengal fox and blackbuck

himalyan barbet

Photo Credit- Great Himalayan Barbet, Great Himalyan Outdoors

  • Gangotri National Park

Covers and area of 2390 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1989

Located in Uttarkarshi district of Uttarakhand

Endangered species include snow leopard, Himalyan barbet, Asiatic ibex and musk deer

duck

Photo Credit- White winged wood duck, Nature Conservation

  • Namdapha National Park

Covers an area of 1807 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1983

Located in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh

Endangered species include the tiger, clouded leopard, snow leopard and white winged wood ducks.

red panda

Photo credit- Red Panda, WWF India

  • Khangchendzonga National Park

Covers an area of 1784 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1977

Located in North Sikkim district of Sikkim

Endangered species include Himalayan tahr and black bear, snow leopard and red panda.

civet

Photo credit- Civet, Jungle key

  • Guru Ghasidas (Sanjay) National Park

Covers an area of 1440.71sqkm

Designated as a national park in 1981

Located in Surguja and Koria districts of Chattisgarh

Endangered species include tiger, sambar deer, spotted deer and civet.

Royal-Bengal-Tiger

Photo credit- Royal Bengal Tiger, Indiamarks

  • Sundarban National Park

Covers an area of 1330.10 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1984

Located in North & South Paraganas of West Bengal

Endangered species include the tiger, estuarine crocodiles and river terrapin

wild buffalo

Photo credit- Wild Buffalo, India Tourism office

  • Indravati National Park

Covers an area of 1258.37 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1982

Located in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh

Endangered species include wild buffalo, hill mynas, Indian bison and tigers

sloth bear

Photo credit- Sloth Bear, India’s endangered

  • Papikonda National Park

Covers an area of 1012.86 sq km

Designated as a national park in 2008

Located in East and West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh

Endangered species include tiger, sloth bear, wild dog and leopards.

bengel fox

Photo credit- Bengal Fox, all things candid

  • Kanha National Park

Covers an area of 940 sq km

Designated as a national park in 1955

Located in Mandla, Balaghat and Dindori districts of Madhya Pradesh

Endangered species include blackbuck, chital, dhole and Bengal fox

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3 Comments

  1. jwala prem March 4, 2017 8:08 am Reply

    Leave your message…papikonda national park is in Andhra pradesh ..not in Arunanchal pradesh

  2. poornima March 4, 2017 1:16 pm Reply

    Papikonda national park is in andhra pradesh not arunanchal pradesh.kindly correct the mistake.

  3. Dr H P Shrivastava March 21, 2018 6:24 pm Reply

    Very informative article

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