Wildlife Week Celebration in Bandipur

India is one of the only 17 countries in the world that have the distinction of being awarded the title 'megadiverse'. The title means that these 17 countries are home to a vast diversity of flora and fauna. Bandipur is extremely proud to play a major part in preserving and proliferating that diversity. As a part of raising awareness about wildlife conservation, India celebrates National Wildlife Week every year from 2nd to 8th October.

tiger in Bandipur National Park
forest in Bandipur National Park
elephant herd in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

India has been blessed with an incredible variety of plants and animals. The concept of setting aside one day a year to celebrate and raise awareness about the wildlife and diversity of India was initially tabled in 1952. After deliberations and widespread planning, the first wildlife day was held in 1955. Its goal was to spread awareness among the general public about the part we all need to play in protecting the wildlife of our country. It also hoped to take steps in protecting endangered and threatened species and replenish their numbers.

elephant herd in Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Two years later, the decision was taken to expand the programme to one week and the first wildlife week celebration was held in 1957. It was a major success and very effective in raising the need for conserving the rich biodiversity of India among the general population.

October 2021 saw the 67th nationwide celebration of wildlife week. It was held in Srinagar in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Dachigam National Park near Srinagar was the highlighted park of the week. It has been a national park since 1981 and its most famous inhabitant is the hangul, also known as the Kashmir stag. It is also home to Himalayan black and brown bears, snow leopards, and a large coniferous forest.

In 1931, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, the then Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore, created a wildlife sanctuary in Chamarajanagar. He named it Venugopala Wildlife Park. The sanctuary occupied an area of almost 90 sq. km. In 1973, as part of Project Tiger, the tiger conservation program initiated by Indira Gandhi, an area of almost 800 sq. km., was added to this sanctuary, creating what is known today as Bandipur National Park. Although the initial plan was to conserve the Bengal tiger population in India, the reserve quickly added other endangered species to the list. Species like Indian elephant, golden jackal, sloth bear and Indian bison(among others) were transferred to the reserve to help protect their numbers.

peacock in Bandipur National Park

Today, Bandipur National Park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is spread across Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is home to over 3500 plant species, the largest population of Asiatic elephants in the world(over 5000), and a stunning variety of other flora and fauna.

National Wildlife Week is celebrated on the first week of October, from the 2nd to the 8th. We heartily invite you to come to Bandipur to celebrate India's incredibly rich biodiversity and enjoy an unforgettable stay at The Serai Bandipur while you are here!