Every year the March 3 is observed as World Wildlife Day. This year, it is being celebrated under the theme “listen to the young voices.” Given that almost one-quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife. And these are some of the places where you can take your kids to get them acquainted with the animals in the wild this summer.
Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan
A trip to Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, sprawling over 1,334 square kilometers will be an experience in itself. And do not expect to see the star attractions in the park - the tigers at the first trip itself. The other inhabitants of the forest include sloth bears, wild boars, spotted deer, monkeys, and sambar to name a few.
Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
One of the most popular wildlife parks, Jim Corbett is home to tigers, elephants, serows, gorals and the Himalayan tahr. It was here that Project Tiger was launched in 1973. Spanning over 520 km, this reserve is home to otters, endemic fish eating crocodile. The park has a demarcated tourist zone and custom-made safaris. And perhaps, this is the best place to introduce your little ones to the wildlife.
Kaziranga National Park, Assam
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kaziranga National Park is home to the one-horned Rhinoceros in the world. Panthers, elephants and other wild animals make up the other, though fewer celebrity residents of the park.
Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal
The mangroves of Sundarbans is a unique ecosystem and home to the Royal Bengal Tiger. You might see a tiger walking into the forest as you take a cruise on the river. It is home to the salt-water crocodile, reptiles, fishing cats, leopards, and the Indian grey mongoose.
Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
Established in 1974 as a tiger reserve, this park spans 874 square kilometers and forms part of the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve. The best time to see the tigers are from March to May. The park is one of the largest habitats of the wild elephants in south Asia. There is a tourist zone and there are safaris in the morning and evening.