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Manas National Park: An Overview

Manas National Park is situated in the state of Assam which is in the northeast of India. It lies at the foothills of the Himalayas and the region is one of the main biodiversity hotspots of India. Manas was initially a reserved forest but the Forest Policy Act of 1952 held the poor responsible for deforestation and stated that national forests should be used to produce timber for industry and commerce, not for subsistence by local people, on the grounds that where land is owned rather than held in common, it is usually treated with care.

Manas National Park

Manas National Park is situated in the state of Assam, at the foothills of the Himalayas. The Park has a Project Tiger Reserve, a Biosphere Reserve, an Elephant Reserve as well as Important Bird Areas (IBA). The Park provides habitat for 22 of India’s most threatened animals listed in Schedule 1 of India’s national Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.