Raimona, Dehing Patkai notified as national parks of Assam
The five other national parks in Assam are Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri, Orang and Dibru-Saikhowa.
“Raimona and Dehing Patkai National Parks have been formally notified today, adding to Assam’s total tally of national parks to seven. Assam has now become the second state in the country, after Madhya Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands (which have nine each), to have the highest number of national parks,” state forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya informed media persons at Aranya Bhawan here.
“The newly created national parks will help to boost conservation efforts and provide fillip to tourism and agriculture sectors,” Suklabaidya said.
Raimona National Park falls under Kokrajhar district in Bodoland Territorial Region and is a part of a contiguous forest patch with an area of 422 square km covering the northern part of the notified Ripu Reserve Forest which forms the westernmost buffer to Manas Tiger Reserve in the foothills of Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot.
It is home to golden langur, Asian elephants, tigers, clouded leopards, Indian gaur, wild buffalo, spotted deer, hornbill, more than 150 species of butterflies, 170 species of birds and 380 varieties of plants and orchids.
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