Raimona National Park of Assam
The Raimona Reserve Forest in Kokrajhar district of Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) bordering Bhutan has been declared as the 6th National Park of the state by the Chief Minister of Assam on the occasion of ‘World Environment Day’ on June 5.
- The other five national parks in the state of Assam are Kaziranga, Manas, Nameri, Orang and Dibru-Saikhowa.
- The Raimona National Park, located in the middle of the Bodoland Territorial Area, has an area of 422 square kilo metres, and is also part of the contiguous forest covering the northern part of the notified Ripu Reserve Forest along the Indo-Bhutan border.
- The national park is home to the golden langur, Asian elephants, tigers, clouded leopard, Indian gaur, wild buffalo, spotted deer and hornbill along with more than 150 species of butterflies, 170 species of birds and 380 varieties of plants and orchids.
- With the declaration of ‘Raimona Reserve Forest’ as a National Park, it will provide an opportunity for eco-tourism to the marginal villagers of that area. Presently the villagers of this area are partially or wholly dependent on forest resources for their livelihood.
Source – PIB