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Mammals, birds and reptiles of Dibru-Saikhowa Sanctuary, Assam, India

Anwaruddin Choudhurya1

a1 The Rhino Foundation for Nature in NE India, c/o The Assam Co. Ltd, G. Bordoloi Path Bamunimaidam, Guwahati 781 021, Assam, India.

Abstract

Dibru-Saikhowa Sanctuary protects 340 sq km of the floodplains of the Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers in eastern Assam state, north-eastern India. It provides habitat for several threatened species, including Asian elephant and tiger. The sanctuary suffers from several problems, however, including illegal tree felling, the scarcity of safe, high ground for animals during the annual floods and insufficient staff and resources. The author makes recommendations for improving the conservation value of the sanctuary.

(Received March 07 1997)

(Accepted December 01 1997)

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