Suhanra National Park
km to the east of Bahawalpur in the
province of Punjab
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Suhanra Nartional park was declared a national park on 26 October
1972, following recommendations made by the Wildlife Enquiry
Committee in 1971. Originally, the park comprised an area of
31,355ha, of which 20,932ha were desert, 8,488ha irrigated forest
plantation and 1,934ha reservoir; it was due to be enlarged by
22,680ha. It is crossed by the dried-up bed of the Hakra River and
features an important wetland, Patisar Lake. Pakistan Tourism
Development Corporation(PTDC) has 6 A/C bedroom resorts in the
park. Beside this camping can also be done in selected campsites.
in the park include--Long-eared Hedgehog (C), Nilgai
antelope (T), Black buck (T), Chinkara gazelle (V),
Hog deer (T), Red fox (C), Bengal Fox (V),
Golden Jackal (C), Porcupine (C), Caracal cat (R),
Moongoose (C), Jungle cat (C), Indian Wolf (R),
Wild boar (C), Honey Badger or Ratel (?), Little
Civet (?), Indian (Black-naped) Hare (C),
Smooth-coated Otter (V) and Indian rhino (introduced)
Blackbuck became virtually extinct in the Cholistan Desert but the
species has been re-introduced in Lal Suhanra within large
enclosures, together with Chinkara gazelle, Nilgai antelope, Hog
deer and Indian rhinoceros. There is big lake in the center of the
park called Patisar Lake, which is ideal for bird watching.
Patisar Lake regularly holds between 10,000 and 30,000 ducks and
common coot in mid-winter. Over 13,00 waterfowl were present in
January 1987. The park also supports a large population of birds
T=Threatened, V=Vulnerable, R=Rare, C=Common, ?=Unknown.
in the park are--Houbara bustard, Griffon vulture, Honey buzzard,
Marsh harrier, Hen harrier, Laggar falcon, Peregrine falcon,
Kestrel, Indian sparrow hawk, Egyptian vulture, Larks, Shrikes,
Wheatears and Barn Owl.
in the park are-- Monitor lizard, Russell's viper, Indian cobra,
Saw scaled viper, Wolf snake, John's sand boa and Spiny tailed
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