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..........Orissa is a land of vast, thick forests which cover almost 55,000 sq.m of land. The diversified ecological riches and environmental situation provide with excellent habitat for a very rich and diversified fauna. Wildlife is also very rich here. Orissa has around 13 wild life sanctuaries. These sanctuaries and wildlife parks are a great sources of attraction for the tourists.

NandanKanan Sanctuary:

            Amidst the lush green Chandaka forest along the banks of the Kanjia lake lies Nandankanan, a beautiful park that got its name from "Nandan Van" meaning the Garden of the Heaven. This famous zoological park which is at a distance of 20 kms from Bhubaneswar, was established in the year 1960 and has been declared as a sanctuary in the year 1979. The main attractions of this sanctuary is the white tiger safari , the first of its kind in the world, spread over an area of 12 hectares, a lion safari of 20 hectares and a natural trail of 37 hectares, the Botanical Garden which has many rare and endangered species of flora from different parts of the world, the 620 metre long Rope Way that transports the visitors across the lake to view the Botanical Garden, Boating facility in the Kanjia lake, Toy Train running on a circular track along the lake and the thickly vegetated tract, a Reptile Park and a Bird Sanctuary. It has worlds largest collection of White tigers and has the international reputation for successfully breeding black panthers , gharial crocodiles and White tigers, Asiatic LionSangai, Nilgiri Langur, Indian Penguin, Mouse Deer and many land and water Birds. . One can take the opportunity to behold the Kingly lions, Clouded leopards , European Bears , Himalayan Black Bear , Rosy Pelican , Grey Pelican, Indian Python , King Cobra, exquisite collection of birds, etc. in the Zoo. The zoo has also given a new lease of life to one of the rarest creatures of the world - the white Kanan. The Acquaria homes to a large variety of freshwater fish , a number of species of crocodiles , lizards, turtles and snakes .

            Buses are specially designed for taking people inside the Lion Safari, to facilitate them to see tigers and lions in natural habitat.

            The Botanical Garden, which is famous all over for its unique collection of Cactus lies close to the Nandankanan. This garden also contains plants of different types like crotons, roses, etc. There is a ropeway connecting the Zoo with the Botanical garden. It is an ideal place for picnics.

Khalasuni Sanctuary :

            Khalasuni wildlife sanctuary is located in the Rairakhol sub-division of Sambalpur district. It is at a distance of 50kms from Sambalpur. It covers an area of 116 sq.kms. The Tiger, leopard, elephant, bison, sambar, spotted deer, barking deer, mouse deer, wilddogs, rare varieties of birds and reptiles attract the tourists.

Debrigarh Sanctuary :

            With an area of 346.91 sq.kms. the Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary is located in the Baragarh district. One can track important fauna like tiger, leopard, hyena, bison, sambar, spotted deer, chousingha, resident and migratory birds, monitor lizard, chameleon etc. in this sanctuary.

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