Gorumara National Park
Gorumara National Park is famous for its bird population – which includes brilliant submontane forest birds like the scarlet minivet, sunbird, Asian paradise flycatcher, spangled drongo and great Indian hornbill.
Dooars of Jalpaiguri district is known for its forests. The forest lovers from every corner of the globe come here to watch One- horned rhino. The National Park has a large variety of flora and fauna. The grassland of Garumara is well-known for Asiatic one-horned rhino. The watchtower beside the Forest Rest House gives a panoramic view of the entire park and the Murti Valley. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1949 and aNational Park in 1992. Most part of the forest is moist deciduous and sal (shorea robusta) is the most common and precious tree. Teak, simul, siris, khair are also found here. The dry deciduous forest land combined withgrasslands harbors is one of largest diversity of mega fauna in West Bengal.
The park has recorded fifty species of mammals, three hundred species of birds, twenty species of reptiles, andthirty species of amphibians.
Mammals: The Park is rich in large herbivores including Indian rhinoceros, gaur, Asian elephant, sloth bear,chital, and sambar deer. Small herbivores include barking deer, hog deer and wild boar. This forest proportionally lacks large carnivores, with the only big cat being the Leopard. The park is not home to any resident population of Bengal tigers. Indian wild dogs or Indian wolf are, however, infrequently spotted here. This park hosts small carnivores including various civets, mongooses and small cats. The park has a large resident population of wild boar, but the critically endangered pygmy hog has been reported from the park. It also has numerous rodents, including giant squirrels. The rare hispid hare has also been reported from the park.
- Location : Dooars, Jalpaiguri
- Submitted On : 16 Nov 2014