Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the foothills of Himalayas, between the Teesta and Mahananda rivers. Animal species found here are elephant, Indian bison, tiger, barking deer, Rhesus monkey, leopard, fishing cat, jungle cat, sambar (Cervus unicolor), and cheetal. The rare mountain goat (Serow) can be sighted here. This is one of the Wildlife sanctuaries of India, and is located in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Location and History

This Wild Life Sanctuary is situated in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. It comes under Darjeeling Wild Life division and can be reached from Siliguri in 30 minutes. Sukna, the gateway to the sanctuary, is only 13 km from Siliguri and 28 km from Bagdogra Airport. The sanctuary sprawls over 159 km² of reserve forest. It got the status of a sanctuary mainly to protect the Indian Bison and Royal Bengal Tiger, which were facing the threat of extinction.

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