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5 Things That Make the Kaziranga National Park of Assam a World Heritage Site

Shaheen Rahman
Intern, Bordoisila

4th February, 2016

“Kazironga bor dhuniya ekurei nai tulona” are the lyrics of a beautiful Axomia song and, much true to the lyrics; everyone who has ever been to the incredibly diverse Kaziranga National Park would vouch for the unparalleled nature of this sanctuary which is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Such is the importance of this park that it was declared a World Heritage site. Now, you may ask why. So, then, let’s discover the reasons behind Kaziranga being a heritage to the globe.

1.It is home to the endangered One Horned Rhino

Kaziranga National Park is home to the largest number of Indian One Horned Rhinos in the world which attracts tourists from all over the world to get a load of this rare creature for real. The rhinoceros is the real star of the park and the site of this endangered species is truly gracious.

2.It is the habitat to the rare and scarce wild Asian water buffaloes

Kaziranga has one of the very last populations of truly wild Asian water buffalo and also provides the world’s greatest habitat to wild buffaloes. Although these creatures are not as rare as the one-horned rhinos or the Asian water buffaloes, the fact that Kaziranga provides the largest habitat to them makes it a major attraction for any tourist paying a visit to this National Park.

3.Kaziranga National Park has the highest density of tigers in the world

Kaziranga is said to have about 86 tigers, which makes it an area having the highest density of tigers in the world (1 every 5 sq. km, 2000 census). As tourists seldom see these tigers due to the dense tall grass, the one who gets to catch even a glimpse of them considers themselves real lucky.

4.This magnificent park is also an Important Bird Area (IBA)

Kaziranga has almost 478 species of birds (both migratory and resident). Very few of us know that Kaziranga National Park has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International for it has been conserving the avifaunal species. It’s a habitat to many rare faunas.

5.It has a diverse and wide variety of species

Kaziranga hosts a rich and diverse population of almost 42 species of fish, 9 species of amphibians, 27 species of reptiles and 35 species of mammal, making the national park one of the richest wildlife habitats.

Kaziranga National Park is undoubtedly one of the oldest and most popular National Parks of India. For many decades, this park has been bringing fame and glory to the state of Assam, not to mention the peerless contribution that it has made to the state’s tourism industry. Truly, Kaziranga National Park is a pristine beauty and a must visit for anyone seeking contentment amidst adventure.

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