Satkosia sanctuary

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Overview:

Once home to over 200 elephants, Satkosia wildlife sanctuary houses about 20-25 jumbos at present, raising questions about the migration patterns of the long-ranging animals.

About:

  • Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary owes its name to the narrow stretch of River Mahanadi i.e. “ Sat – kosh”. It is located in the state of Odisha.
  • The sanctuary has been recognized as a critical tiger habitat by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
  • Satkosia Tiger Reserve comprises of two adjoining Sanctuaries of central Odisha named as Satkosia Gorge Sanctuary and Baisipalli Sanctuary. These two sanctuaries together covering an area of 963.87 sq.km. have been notified as Satkosia Tiger Reserve.
  • Flora: It is home to a diverse range of flora, including dry deciduous forests, moist deciduous forests, and tropical moist forests. The sanctuary is known for its Sal forests, which cover a large part of the area.
  • Fauna: Elephants, Tigers, Leopards, Wild dogs, Sloth bears, Gaurs, sambar deer, spotted deer etc.

 


Q1) What is Bhitarkanika famous for?

Bhitarkanika has one of the largest populations of endangered saltwater crocodile in India and is globally unique in that, 10% of the adults exceed 6 m length. Nearly 1671 saltwater crocodiles inhabit the rivers and creeks.

Source: Elephant migration worry for Satkosia sanctuary