Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary

Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary


  • With the onset of summer, the seasonal migration of wildlife has started from nearby wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) in Kerala.
  • Due to easy availability of fodder and water throughout the year, this sanctuary is a favorite refuge of wildlife during summers.

Where is Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary located?

  • Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) located in Kerala is an integral part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It was established in the year 1973.
  • The Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve was the first Biosphere Reserve in India to be included in the UNESCO-designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (designated in 2012).
  • Other wildlife parks under this reserve include Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandipur National Park, Nagarhole National Park, Mukurthi National Park and Silent Valley.
  • 44 sq. km. The Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, spread over an area of ​​76, is adjacent to the tiger reserves of Nagarhole and Bandipur in Karnataka and Mudumalai in Tamil Nadu.
  • River Kabini (a tributary of river Kaveri) flows through this sanctuary.
  • Forest types found here include South Indian moist deciduous forests, western coastal semi-evergreen forests and forests of Teak, Eucalyptus/Eucalyptus and Grevelia.
  • Elephant, Gaur, Tiger, Cheetah, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Sloth Bear, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque, Common Langur, Malabar Giant Squirrel etc. major mammals are found here.

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