Sundarbans National Park
The Sundarbans Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses an area of approx. 4264 sq. km. This is the world's largest riverine delta of the mighty Ganga and Brahmaputra river systems. This forest shelters the renowned Royal Bengal Tiger, of which 271 were counted in 2001 and a variety of other mammals, reptiles and sea life. The largest mangrove forest in the world is found here along with a delicate tidal ecosystem.
The Sundarbans National Park is comprised of the Sundarban Tiger Reserve, initiated with the launch of Project Tiger in 1973. The "Core area" of the park, at 1330 sq. km's received the status of a national park in 1984. A "buffer zone" covering an area of 1255 sq. km's surrounds the "Core area". The amphibian tigers found in the Sundarbans have distinct behavioral patterns unlike its counterparts in other reserves and sanctuaries across India.
Other mammals to be found in the Sundarbans include cheetal, rhesus macaque, wild boar and fishing cat. Estuarine crocodiles are also abundant. Olive Ridley, Hawk's and green turtles are some of turtle species to be found. The Gangetic dolphin, an endangered species, is also found here.
A WWF Climate Witness film
Books featuring the Sundarbans available at Amazon.co.uk
The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh
- The setting of this fictional story is in the Sundarbans.
The Man-Eating Tigers of Sundarbans
Mangrove Swamps of the Sundarbans by Naskar Guha Bakshi
- Mangrove Swamps of the Sundarbans >>