The Chandaka Elephant Reserve
Elephants, Chital, Bear, Pea-Fowl & Sambar
Twenty kilometers from the centre of temple city of Bhubaneswar lay ChandM-Dampara Sanctuary (175.79 sq. km.). This little and good-looking sanctuary with undulating topography presents a charming rejuvenated forest and rich bio-diversity. The mixed tropical dry deciduous and moist deciduous forests with various species, bamboo and planted teak provide ideal habitat for elephant (83 nos.), leopard, hyena, spotted deer, wild dog, wild boar, ratel, pangolin, pea fowl, red jungle fowl, white ibis, dab chicks, open bill stork, egret, python, monitor lizard etc.
Apart from the marvelous elephants, chital, bear, pea-fowl, sambar and frequent other animals roam about doing their daily business unhampered. The Forest officials have also spotted pugmarks of cheetahs within the forest.
The natural water body and forests provide suitable nesting ground for 82 type of migratory and resident birds.These majestic animals have made the Chandaka Forest their home, and can be seen fairly frequently.
They are however completely wild, and on occasion become unsafe too.