India has over 500 animal sanctuaries, referred to as Wildlife Sanctuaries (IUCN Category IV Protected Area). Among these, the 28 Tiger Reserves are governed by Project Tiger, and are of special significance in the conservation of the tiger. Some wildlife sanctuaries are specifically named Bird Sanctuary, e.g. Keoladeo National Park before it attained National Park status. Many National Parks were initially wildlife sanctuaries.
Wildlife sanctuaries of national importance to conservation, usually due to some flagship faunal species, are named National Wildlife Sanctuary, like:
Five wildlife sanctuaries in the country will soon be getting tiger reserve status for better management of the conservation plans for the big cat in its core habitat.
Orissa gets approval for second tiger reserve.
- List of Protected areas in India
- List of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Gujarat, India
- Protected areas of India
- National parks of India
- Reserved forests and protected forests of India
- United Nations List of National Parks and Protected Areas: India (1993)
- Ministry of Forests and Environment Protected Areas website
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