The Lohagara (Wildlife Sanctuary) in Chittagong is a potentially rich green forest with a rich forest of biodiversity in the southeastern subcontinent and an important region for Asian elephant breeding. According to the information obtained, the notable animals of the sanctuary include wild elephants, monkeys, Hanuman, Maya deer, sambar deer, 19 species of mammals and four species of amphibians, seven species of reptiles, 53 species of birds and 107 species of ornamental trees.
The combination of the beauty of the tree, The sanctuary is a modern tourist destination with its gardens created on the high and low hills and the sweet melody of the birds in the gardens. From which it is possible to earn crores of taka every year. According to the concerned department, during the war of independence in 1971, this forest and its adjoining areas played an important role in the reorganization of the freedom fighters. The sanctuary was established in 1986 with 7 protected forest lands including Lohagara, Banshkhali district of Chittagong and Chakaria in Cox’s Bazar district.
Work on the project began in 1992 under the Department of Wildlife Management and Nature Conservation. In order to create opportunities for forest protection, wildlife habitat development, education, research and recreation, 7 bit offices were set up in the area under Chunti and Jaldi Range in 2003. Later, to make it more attractive to tourists, the sanctuary area included forest ponds, natural roaring forests, free roaming of Asian wild elephants, Goyalmara natural lake, forest pond foot trail, Various eco-tourism including Jangalia Foottrail, Tourist Tower, Roundabout, Student Dormitory, Nature Conservation Center, Research Center, Ecocortage are set up.
There are 8 trained tour guides engaged all the time for travel to protected forest areas. Through the observation tower, one can easily enjoy the natural beauty of the sanctuary as well as the free movement of Asian elephants and other wildlife and birds. The sanctuary is located on the west side of the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway at Chuntistha in Lohagara upazila, about 70 km south of Chittagong city. The members of the sanctuary’s co-management committee said, It will become one of the significant eco-parks in the country if some special attractions of ecotourism, especially tourism infrastructure, are built to make it a modern tourist destination. As a result, the government will get crores of taka in revenue.
Meanwhile, Integrated Protected Areas Co-Management (IPAC) is implementing various activities funded by USAID to maintain the natural balance and enhance the beauty of the huge area of the sanctuary. Md. Khairuzzaman, site facilitator of IPAC, said that due to its geographical location, the sanctuary soon became a potential natural tourist destination in the country. Easily enjoys this natural beauty in a pleasant environment. The biodiversity of the sanctuary has already been greatly improved through co-management. improved through co-management.
How to go
The sanctuary is located on the west side of the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highway at Chuntistha in Lohagara upazila, about 70 km south of Chittagong city.
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