Nameri National Park
Nameri National Park, covering an area of about 200 square kms, is located at the foothills of the eastern Himalayas in the Sonitpur District of Assam, 35 km from Tezpur, which is the nearest town. The park is one of three tiger reserves in Assam, along with Manas and Kaziranga, and it is a haven for many rare animals. The rich wildlife includes tiger, black bear, elephant, leopard, Indian bison, pangolin, Indian wild dog, civet cat and capped langur.
Also found here are over 300 species of birds - including the endangered white winged wood duck, the great pied hornbill and the blue-bearded bee-eaters – and the park specialised in birdwatching jungle treks. Sadly, this area faces danger from poachers who hunt valuable birds for their wings. Elephant poaching is also a continuing issue due to conflicts with cattle grazers.
The area was formerly heavily logged, but Nameri was established as a forest reserve in 1978 and set up as Nameri Sanctuary in 1985, eventually being officially established as a national park in 1998. Best visited from November to March, Nameri is a superb spot for wildlife lovers to enjoy rich natural beauty and diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can also enjoy river rafting in Jia Bharali river at Nameri National Park.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
- Mr David Wallace, North India
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
- Jaime Benitez, South India
- Leslie Siben, India
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka