Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary

Mangpong Forest, West Bengal 734005 Phone: 03561 220 017


Siliguri Junction (10kms) the Mahananda is one of the most important wildlife sanctuaries in North Bengal. Mahananda covers an area of more that of continuous forest land and was started in 1955 as a game sanctuary mainly to protect Gaur or Indian Bison which was facing severe threat of extinction. The sanctuary shelters a large population of migratory elephant for a long period of time. the animals in the sacctuary are gaur, leopard, spotted deer, sloth bear, barking deer, wild dog, boar, sambar, along with smaller mammals like porcupine, pangolin, jungle cat, leopard cat, civet etc. However, the sanctuary is closed in the rainy seasons, from 15 July to 15 September.

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