Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary was initially called the Mollem Game Sanctuary. It is located on the eastern border of the sate of Goa. The total land area covered by this wildlife sanctuary is 240 sq km. It is surrounded by lush green vegetation on all sides. It is actually located in the region of Sanguem Taluka. The wildlife sanctuary Bhagwan Mahavir abounds in flora and fauna.

The kind of vegetation found in this region can be characterized into three groups which are as follows:
  • Moist Deciduous Forests

  • West Coast Tropical Evergreen Forests

  • West Coast Semi - Evergreen Forests

The varied species of flora found in the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife park are Lagerstromia, Terminalia, Xiylia, Dalbergia. The lush green forests are usually found in the higher terrains along the banks of the river. Water is found in abundance within the sanctuary wich is used for nourishing these plants. Certain portion of private land area falls under this sanctuary.

The wide variety of animals found are Panther, Gaur, mouse deer, barking deer, spotted deer, porcupine, common langur, bonnet macaque, pangolin, slender loris, Malabar giant squirrel, civet, flying squirrel, tigers, leopard cat, sambar, wild boar, wild dog. The varied species of snakes that are found here are pythons, kraits and vipers. A large number of non-poisonous snakes are also protected within this sanctuary. Around 200 different species of birds can be seen flying around within the premises of this wildlife sanctuary. The various species are namely the emerald dove, kingfisher, great Indian horn bill, paradise flyt catcher, malabar pied hornbill, shrikes, grey jungle fowl, barbets, fairy blue bird, drongo, wagtails, Indian black woodpecker.

Last Updated on: 15/05/2013