Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Ambegaon tehsil, Puen. 130.78sq.km. of Bhimshankar Wildlife Sanctuary was notified by the state of Government of Maharashtra in 1985, under the wildlife protection Act 1972. The sanctuary is situated on the crest of Western Ghats that is recognized as one of the biodiversity hotspots in the world. The Sanctuary harbors large diversity of endemic and specialized flora and fauna. Sanctuary is home to the state animal of Maharashtra the Giant Squirrel. Bhimshankar is home to a relic of near virgin forest in the Northern part of Western Ghats. It is of added significant as two major tributaries of river Krishna namely river Bhima and Ghod originate from this areas. Bhimshankar forest harbors many threatened and endangered faunal elements like Giant squirrel, Leopard, etc.

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