Mizoram is nature’s paradise, with 91% of it covered in forest. Blessed with nature’s abundance, the vast green cover comprises 2 national parks and 8 amazing wildlife sanctuaries.
Here’s a look at Mizoram’s wildlife sanctuaries that are habitats to some unique wildlife.
1. Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary
The Ngengpui Wildlife Sanctuary covers an astounding 110 sq km and is one of the largest in the state. Located in South-West of Mizoram, it is close to the Indo-Myanmar and Indo-Bangladesh borders. It receives plenty of rainfall owing to its proximity to Cheerapunjee.
The wildlife found here include cloud leopards, leaf monkeys, Hoolock Gibbon, Rhesus Macaque, elephants, tigers, sambars, and barking deer.
2. Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary
Comprising sub-tropical and semi-evergreen forests, the Khawnglung Wildlife Sanctuary, situated in Lunglei district is located at a height of 1300 m, making it one of the “highest-grossing” sanctuaries in the entire region.
Besides abundant flora, you can find several animal species such as wild boar, leopards, barking deer, serow, sambars, and Hoolock Gibbon.
3. Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary
Known for its unparalleled beauty at dawn, Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary has an assortment of birds and animals such as tigers, leopards, barking deer, sambars, and leaf monkeys. You can even find Hoolock Gibbons here— the only ape species found in India.
It acts as a passageway for elephants crossing over from Bangladesh.
4. Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in East Mizoram just next to Murlen National Park, Lengteng Wildlife Sanctuary is a newly recognized sanctuary. The sanctuary protects the endangered primate species and northern pig-tailed macaque and is known for atypical birds, animals, and plants.
It has the second highest peak in Mizoram—Lengteng, which is revered for its apparent healing abilities among the locals.
5. Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary
The Dampa Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest sanctuary in Mizoram covering a total area of 500 sq. km. It is known extensively for its flora and fauna. You can find interesting species such as monitor lizards, giant squirrels, the Himalayan Black bear, tigers, leaf monkey, and the travelling avifaunas.
You can stay in beautiful traveller’s inns and Government tourist lodges inside the sanctuary.
6. Lohawka Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Chhimtuipui district, Lohawka Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by tropical evergreen trees. The sanctuary is a habitat for sambars, barking deer, leopard, the Rhesus macaque and several species of birds.
You can enjoy the beauty of this wildlife sanctuary by staying in the guest houses and lodges close by.
7. Saza Wildlife Sanctuary
Located to the west of Mizoram, Saza Wildlife Sanctuary is home to leopards, deer, Rhesus monkeys and several endangered animals. It is also known as a birdwatcher’s paradise. Wildlife photographers are known to visit during the monsoons, as it provides phenomenal sceneries.
8. Sinemon Wildlife Sanctuary
Located in the Lawngtlai district, south of Mizoram, Sinemon Wildlife Sanctuary is home to tigers, sambars, elephants, wild boar and barking deer. You can also find many tropical birds.
Mizoram’s wildlife sanctuaries are a treat to nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and wildlife photographers. From formidable peaks and amazing landscape to exotic flora and rare animal and bird species, these sanctuaries have it all.
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