Goa Wildlife

Goa is endowed with over 1512 documented species of plants, over 275 genera of birds, over 48 genera of animals and over 60 genera of reptiles. About 10% of Goa is set aside as wildlife reserve and this area includes four large wildlife sanctuaries.

Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary
Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is an important bird sanctuary in India. The Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is at walking distance from the ferry ghat. Mandovi River is the nearest river to the island. Along this river, the western tip of the island is the best place to spot colorful birds and to enjoy the wonderful aspects of the nature. The bird sanctuary is named after India's famous ornithologist, Sir Salim Ali.

Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary
The forlorn village of Molem is the gateway to the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is situated 54 kms from Margao, with its main entrance on NH4A. This is the largest of Goa’s protected wildlife areas and covers 240 square km, incorporating the 107 square km Molem National Park. There is an observation platform a few kilometers into the park from where you may catch a glimpse of animals such as jungle cat, gaur, Leopard, Elephant, deer, Malayan giant squirrels and a rich bird life.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
Bondla is the smallest wildlife sanctuaries and the easiest to reach. This sanctuary covers 80 square km area. For the benefit of tourists expecting to see some animals, there is a botanical garden and a zoo. Large wild fauna includes gaur, wild boar and sambar. Bondla can be reached from Ponda to Usgao village.

Catigao Wildlife Sanctuary
Cotigao wildlife sanctuary is one of the most incredible sights for the nature lover traveling to Goa.In particular, Cotigao is perfect for the nature lover who wants to get down to the basics of naturalism by camping out with the wildlife and in amongst the vegetation. The Cotigao Nature Interpretation Center is run by the nation Forest Department who will gladly help visitors by providing a snake proof camping area and many other necessities when it comes to camping out in the forest.Cotigao is more likely to appeal to tree and plant lovers because the rare tigers and other animals that were once present in the area were unfortunately hunted into extinction long ago.