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Dihing Patkai becomes the 7th National Park of Assam

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    21st Jun, 2021

The State government of Assam has notified DihingPatkai as the 7th National Park (NP). It also, recently, notified Raimona National Park, as its sixth.

Context

The State government of Assam has notified Dihing Patkai as the 7th National Park (NP). It also, recently, notified Raimona National Park, as its sixth.

About

About DihingPatkai National Park

  • Location: It straddles eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts.
  • Rivers: Short stretches of the Dirak and BuriDihing rivers passes through the park
  • The park has a rich diversity of reptiles and mammals, including the tiger and clouded leopard.
    • It is the only sanctuary in India with seven different species of wild cats - tiger, leopard, clouded leopard, leopard cat, golden cat, jungle cat, and marbled cat.
    • Rare animals such as Chinese pangolin, flying fox, wild pig, sambar, barking deer, gaur, serow, and Malayan giant squirrels are also found here.
    • Assamese macaque is on the red list of Near Threatened species.
    • It has the highest concentration of the rare endangered White Winged Wood Duck.
  • Flora: It is occupied by deciduous rainforest interspersed with semi-evergreen flora.

National parks in Assam

  • Assam now has the third most National Parks in the country with 7 parks.
    • Madhya Pradesh has 12 parks and nine in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
  • The National Parks in the State are as follows-
    • Kaziranga
    • Manas
    • Nameri
    • Orang
    • Dibru-Saikhowa
    • Raimona National Park
    • Dihing Patkai

Raimona National Park

  • Raimona adjoins the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal to its westPhipsoo Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan in the north, and Manas National Park to the east.
  • It forms the boundary with the Sankosh River.
  • Fauna: Golden Langur is endemic to the park.
  • The other major animals are Asian elephant, Royal Bengal tiger, Clouded leopard, Indian gaur, Wild water buffalo, Spotted deer, Hornbill.
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