India has a long and impressive record of ecological and environmental conservation. It is the home of thousands of species of wild animals and birds living in and around forests and grasslands. Amongst them are the majestic lion, elusive snow leopard, one-horned rhinoceros, elephant, rare lion-tailed macaque, golden eagle, western tragopan and monal pheasant. A few decades back, the population of many species of wild animals of India had declined to alarming levels. In order to conserve the wildlife and their habitat various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries were constituted in different parts of the country.
This book describes in brief the details of national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere reserves in India. The description of flora (forest) types is after Champion and Seth (1968), and Negi (1989), fauna after Prater (1957), list of protected areas after WII (2008). Other information such as the best time to visit, accommodation, etc. has been collected from various sources. This revised edition incorporates all details till Dec. 2011.
This book provides useful and handy information and will be of great help to general readers, tourists, naturalists and to persons specifically interested in national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and biosphere reserves. The book covers only the salient features of the protected areas in order to make available to the readers at one place the major details. For more details, one may turn to the information prepared by the wildlife wings of various states.