National Wildlife Day: Top 8 endangered wild animal species of India
First Published Sep 4, 2019, 2:17 PM IST
In India, we have 400 wildlife sanctuaries and 80 national parks. Our country boasts of a wide range of wild and endangered animals. Here are nine endangered wild animal species of India.
The Indian or Bengal tiger is a handsome beast which ranges throughout India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. There are only 1411 Royal Bengal Tigers left in India.
The Gharial is one of the crocodilians found in India and they are the longest living crocodilians. The Gharial is listed as a most critically endangered species in India.
Indian Wild Dog or Dhole is one of the top predators in the wild forest. They do live in packs, hunting cooperatively and they are highly social animals. Dhole is found in national parks of Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Bengal, Gujarat Nilgiri Biosphere reserve of south India.
The Great Indian Bustard is one of the world’s heaviest flying birds. It is one of the rarest birds of the Indian subcontinent. This bird is found only in some parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan.
Indian Red Panda is also known as the Red Fox. There are two kinds of Red Pandas in the world, only one variety is found in India.
Indian Wild Water Buffalo is mostly seen in the Indian subcontinent. It is mostly found in Assam. They are largely restricted to in and around Kaziranga and Manas national parks.
The Great Indian Rhinoceros or One Horned Rhinoceros are found in India. The Indian Rhinoceros has a single black horn which is present in both male and female species.
The Ganges River Dolphin is a member of the Cetacea family. Dolphins are primarily found in the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers and their tributaries in India.