Recently, the Odisha Government has decided to relocate around 420 families from four zero-connectivity villages in Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary. The relocation is aimed at reducing man-animal conflict and providing better living conditions to the displaced families.
About Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary
- It is located in the Bargarh district of Odisha near the Hirakud dam (Mahanadi river) and covers an area of ??346.91 square kilometers.
- It is bounded on the east and north by the huge Hirakud reservoir.
- It was declared a wildlife sanctuary on February 8, 1985.
- It is an important site for in situ conservation of wildlife and its habitat in the state of Odisha
- Flora: Dry deciduous forests
- Fauna: Four-horned antelope, Indian leopard, Indian elephant, sambar, chital, gaur, etc
Major Protected Areas in Odisha
- National Parks
- Bhitarkanika National Park
- Simlipal National Park
- Sacred Places of Wildlife
- Badrama WLS
- Chilika (Nalaban island) WLS
- Hadgarh WLS
- Baisipalli WLS
- Kotagarh WLS
- Nandankanan WLS
- Lakhari Valley WLS
- Gahirmatha (Marine) WLS