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World Wildlife Day: 5 best national parks and forests in India

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World Wildlife Day (WWD) is observed annually on March 3 to draw attention to issues of flora and fauna conservation. “This year’s theme is ‘Partnerships for Wildlife Conservation,'” according to the WWD website. It will allow us to recognise all conservation efforts, from the global to the local.”

It is further expanded into marine life and ocean conservation, as well as collaboration with businesses and funding conservation activities. “Successful conservation partnerships must find ways to include business if we are to reverse biodiversity loss,” it adds.

 

Why is World Wildlife Day marked?

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared March 3 as UN World Wildlife Day in 2013 to celebrate and raise awareness about the importance of protecting the world’s wild animals and plants. On this day in 1973, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) was signed.

CITES celebrates its 50th anniversary on March 3. CITES is regarded as a landmark conservation agreement that focuses on ensuring the survival of endangered species.

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What is the CITES?

CITES is an international treaty signed by governments. Its goal is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not endanger the species’ survival.

It was agreed upon with the recognition that “the trade in wild animals and plants crosses borders between countries, and the effort to regulate it requires international cooperation to safeguard certain species from over-exploitation,” according to its website.

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World Wildlife Day: 5 best national parks and forests in India

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

 

Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan

This park covers 1,334 square kilometres and is home to many tigers, which is why almost all commercial establishments are named Sherwood (tiger in Hindi). The park is well-known for tiger sightings and is popular among photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Apart from tigers, you can see leopards, sloth bears, wild boars, hyenas, jackals, foxes, and birds such as egrets, parakeets, and ibis three hours from Jaipur.

Jim Corbett, Uttarakhand

It is Asia’s first National Park and was named after hunter-turned-conservator Jim Corbett. It is perhaps one of India’s best-known wildlife parks. The park is part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve and is popular for spotting the elusive tiger, which can be seen in good numbers here. Apart from tigers, there are also serow, goral, and Himalayan tahr, as well as other fascinating wild species like the golden jackal, spotted deer, elephant, and sambar deer.

Sasan-Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

The Asiatic Lion, the king of the jungle, can only be seen in the wild at the Gir National Forest in Gujarat, which spans 1,412 square kilometres with a core area of 258 square kilometres. Other animals seen in the park include leopards, striped hyenas, jackals, and foxes, sloth bears, jungle cats, blackbucks, crocodiles, monitor lizards, and more.

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam

The Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, on the border of Assam and Bhutan, is a four-hour drive from Kaziranga. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as a Project Tiger Reserve, with jeep tours, elephant rides, and raft excursions available.

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