Nangal Wildlife Sanctuary

Nangal wetland
Bar-headed Geese and Greater white-fronted Geese at Nangal wetland
Landscape view of Nangal wetland.

Nangal Wildlife Sanctuary

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    116 ha
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    31°23'N 76°22'E
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Located in the Shiwalik foothills of Punjab is the highly eco-sensitive Nangal Wildlife Sanctuary, which supports abundant flora and fauna including threatened species, such as the endangered Indian pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) and Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) and the vulnerable leopard (Panthera pardus). It occupies a human-made reservoir constructed as part of the Bhakra-Nangal Project in 1961. The site is of historic importance as the Indian and Chinese Prime Ministers formalized the “Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence” there in 1954. More than half a million people downstream benefit from the reservoir as the flow of water is regulated, reducing the risks to both people and property from floods. The Department of Forests and Wildlife Preservation (Rupnagar Wildlife Division), Punjab is responsible for managing the Sanctuary.

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    • Wildlife Sanctuary - Nangal Wildlife Sanctaury
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