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Wild Life Sancturies in Karnataka

Karnataka has a rich diversity of flora and fauna. Karnataka has a recorded forest area of 38720 sq km which constitutes 20.19% of the total geographical area of the state. These forests support 25% of the elephant population and 15% of the tiger population of India. Talacauvery and Kudremukh which are located in Karnataka are in the tentative list of sites that could be designated as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Adichunchanagiri Peacock Sanctuary
Attiveri Bird Sanctuary
Bandipur National Park
Bankapura Peacock Sanctuary
Bannerghatta National Park
Bhadra Tiger Reserve
Bheemeshwari
B R Hills
Biligirirangan Hills
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary
Dandeli & Anshi National Park
Dandeli Sanctuary
Daroji Bear Sanctuary
Deva Raya Wildlife Sanctuary
Gudavi Bird Sanctuary
Jayamangali Blackbuck Reserve
Kabini Wildlife Sanctuary
Kanva Reservoir
Kudremukh National Park
Mandegadde Bird Sanctuary
Magadi Bird Sanctuary
Melkote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary
Muthodi WildLife Sanctuary
Nagarhole National Park
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranebennur blackbuck sanctuary
Rangantittu Bird Sanctuary
Sharavati Sanctuary

Adichunchanagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Adichunchanagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mandya district and is spread over 0.88 square kilometres (0.34 sq mi). This was created mainly for the conservation of peacocks. It also houses nearly 250 species of birds.

Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary
Arabithittu Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mysore district and is spread over 13.5 square kilometres (5.2 sq mi). This park consists of eucalyptus and sandalwood plantations. Leopard, fox and spotted deer are some of the animal species found here. Also around 230 species of birds have been observed here over the years.

Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary
Biligiriranga Swamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Chamarajanagar district and is spread over 539.58 square kilometres (208.33 sq mi). Some of the species of flora found here are Anogeissus latifolia, Grewia Tilaefolia and Syzygium cumini. Species of mammals include elephants, tigers, leopards, sloth bear, gaur, barking deer and sambar. Among the 215 species of birds found here include Nilgiri wood pigeon, Malabar whistling thrush, yellow-throated bulbul, peregrine falcon, rufousbellied hawk eagle. An endangered amphibian, Icthyophis ghytinosus' has been reported in this sanctuary.

Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary is located between the Chikkamagaluru and Shimoga districts and is spread over 492.46 square kilometres (190.14 sq mi). Common species of flora include Lagerstromia Lanceolata, Adina cordifolia and Careya arborea. Mammals include tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, slender loris and pangolin. Among the bird species found here are rubythroated bulbul, shama, Malabar whistling thrush and paradise flycatcher.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu district and is spread over an area of 181.80 square kilometres (70.19 sq mi). The evergreen forests in this sanctuary include species like Cinnamomum zeylancium, Cedrela toona and Alstonia scholaris. Bamboos are dominant here and include species like Bambusa bambos and Dendrocalamus strictus. Mammals include elephant, gaur, tiger, jungle cat, bonnet macaque and Nilgiri marten. Also around 300 species of birds have been observed here over the years.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across the districts of Bangalore, Mysore and Mandya and is spread over 102.59 square kilometres (39.61 sq mi). Dry deciduous trees found in this park include species like Terminalia arjuna and Syzgium cumini. Animal species found in this park include leopard, elephant, sambar and common otter. This is also one of the last refuge of the highly endangered grizzled giant squirrel in Karnataka. Also around 300 species of birds have been observed here over the years. This sanctuary is also famous for mahseer fish.

Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary
Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Uttara Kannada district and is spread over 475.02 square kilometres (183.41 sq mi). Common tree species found here are Dalbergia latifolia, Terminalia paniculata, T. Tomentosa and vitex altissima. Mammal species include elephant, gaur, wild pig, slender loris, Malabar giant squirrel and barking deer.

Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is located in Bellary district and is spread over 55.87 square kilometres (21.57 sq mi). This sanctuary was mainly created for the preservation of sloth bears.

Ghataprabha Wildlife Sanctuary
This is located in Belgaum district and is spread over 20.78 square kilometres (8.02 sq mi). This sanctuary is known for migratory birds like demoiselle crane and European white stork.

Melukote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary
Melukote Temple Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mandya district and is spread over 45.82 square kilometres (17.69 sq mi). An endangered species of flora, Cycas circinalis is found here. Mammal species include wolf, leopard, blackbuck and pangolin. Also around 230 species[13] of birds have been observed here over the years.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Udupi district and is spread over 247 square kilometres (95 sq mi). Some of the tree species found here are Dipterocarpus indicus, Calophyllum tomentosum and Hopea parviflora. An endangered species of climber Coscinium fenestratum has been recorded here. Slender loris, lion-tailed macaque, sambar and chital are some of the animals found here. The endangered cane turtle is also found here.

Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary
Mookambika Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Mysore district and is spread over 30.32 square kilometres (11.71 sq mi). Common species of flora include Emblica officinalis, Santalum album and Dendrocalamus strictus. Mammals include elephant, gaur, leopard, spotted deer and common palm civet.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu district and is spread over 102.59 square kilometres (39.61 sq mi). Some species of flora found here are Hopea parviflora, Schefflera capitata, Xanthalis tomentosa and Ochlandra rheedii. Mammals include elephant, tiger, slender loris, Nilgiri marten and bonnet macaque. Also around 230 species of birds have been observed here over the years. Bird species include Great pied hornbill, Malabar trogon and Nilgiri blackbird.

Rannibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary
Rannibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary is located in Haveri district and is spread over 119.00 square kilometres (45.95 sq mi). Eucalyptus are the dominant species of trees found here. Cassia fistula, Prosopsis julifora and Zizyhus Mauritania are other tree species found here. This sanctuary was created mainly for the conservation of blackbucks. This sanctuary is also a habitat for the endangered Great Indian Bustard.

Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
Sharavathi Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shimoga district and is spread over 431.23 square kilometres (166.50 sq mi). Dipterocarpus indicus, Caryota urens and Dillenia pentagyna are some of the species of flora found here. Tiger, leopard, mouse deer, bonnet macaque and common langur are some of the animal species found here. Snakes are commonly found here. Paradise flycatcher, racket-tailed drongo and bluethroated barbet are some of the bird species found here.

Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary
Shettihalli Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Shimoga district and is spread over 395.60 square kilometres (152.74 sq mi). Cassia fistula, Kydia calycina and Wrightia tinctoria are some of the species of flora found here. Tiger, leopard, bonnet macaque and Malabar giant squirrel are some of the animal species found here.

Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary
Someshwara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Udupi district and is spread over 88.40 square kilometres (34.13 sq mi). Machilus Macrantha, Lophopetalum wightanium and Artocarpus hirsuta are some of the species of flora found here. Tiger, leopard, lion-tailed macaque and spotted deer are some of the animal species found here.

Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Kodagu district and is spread over 105.00 square kilometres (40.54 sq mi). Albizzia lebbek, Artocarpus lakoocha, Dysoxylum malabaricum and Mesua ferrea are some of the species of flora found here. Clawless otter, elephant, tiger, striped necked mongoose and mouse deer are some of the animal species found here. Also around 300 species of birds have been observed here over the years. Fairy bluebird, Malabar trogon and broadbiller roller are some of the avian species found.

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