Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary

News: Post relocation of deer from Cuttack, the Odisha state government is planning to introduce Sambar and Gaur (bison) in the Chandaka-Dampara wildlife sanctuary.

• The Chandaka Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the Indian state of Odisha, specifically near the city of Bhubaneswar, which is the capital of Odisha. The sanctuary lies partly within Khurda and partly in Cuttack Districts of Odisha.
• The vegetation of the sanctuary is moderately diverse with an intimate mixture of evergreen and deciduous elements.
• The floral diversity of the sanctuary is distributed in six types, which include secondary moist miscellaneous semi-evergreen forests, moist Kangada (Xyliaxylocarpa) forests, Coastal Sal forests, thorny bamboo brakes, planted Teak, and Eupatorium scrub.
• The sanctuary is home to a variety of animals and plants. The principal species here is the elephant.
• Other mammals include Leopard, Chital, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Wild pig, Common langur, Rhesus monkey, small Indian civet, etc.
• Prominent birds of the sanctuary are Peafowl, Red jungle fowl, Crested serpent eagle, Great horned owl, Black headed oriole, etc.
• The main tree species are Kochila, Kalicha, Belo, Kangada, Giringa, Sunari, Sal, Kumbhi, Jamu, Karanja, Teak, and Sidha. 

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