Western Hoolock Gibbon @ Aditya Singh
Malayan Giant Squirrel @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Pigtail Macaque @ Aditya Singh
Pig tailed Macaque @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Gibbon Wildlife SanctuaryGibbon Sanctuary
Notified as the Hoolungapar Reserve Forest in 1881, this isolated forest patch of 21 sq km was reconstituted as the Gibbon Sanctuary for the protection of India’s only ape, the Hoolock Gibbon. Hedged in between tea estates and the Meleng railway line, Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary is home to as many as seven primate species.
Besides the park’s signature species, Gibbon Sanctuary is a good place to spot the resident Pig-Tailed Macaque and Stump-tailed Macaque, besides Assamese Macaque, Rhesus Macaque and Capped Langur. Careful inspection of the trees may reveal the Malayan Giant Squirrel and the nocturnal Slow Loris.
Leisurely nature walks are the best way to explore the park, which teems with birds. Some of the notable species are the Lesser Adjutant Stork, Wedge tailed and Pompadour Green Pigeon, Red headed Trogon, Ashy Wood Pigeon, Great Hornbill, Brown Hawk Owl, Bay Woodpecker, Speckled Piculet, Streaked Spiderhunter, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Scarlet backed Flowerpecker, Slaty Blue Flycatcher, Puff throated Babbler and Striated Grassbird.
- State: Assam
- Area: 20.98 sq km
- Altitude: 100-120 m
- Vegetation: Assam plains alluvial semi-evergreen forests with wet evergreen patches
- Water resources: Bhogdoi River, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, forms the park boundary
- Winter: December to February
- Summer: April to June
- Monsoon: July to September
- Temperature: Min 7oC, Max 28oC
- Rainfall: 249 cm