Wildlife In Pune...

Katraj Snake Park
Katraj Snake Park is one of the popular conservation parks of India, situated on the Pune-Satara Highway. It is known for housing a significant population of snakes, birds, turtles, reptiles, etc. Situated at a distance of approximately 8 km from the Pune city the park was established in 1986. The credit for the setting up of the Katraj Snake Park goes to Neelam Kumar Khaire, who was aided by the Puna Municipal Corporation. It was in 1999 that the Snake Park was added to the Rajeev Gandhi Udyan and since then, it has become a part of the Udyan. When the park was founded, the main aim was to provide a protected home to snakes, reptiles, birds and turtles. It was some time back only that a zoo was added to its complex. Today Katraj Snake Park claims the distinction of providing a sanctuary to more than 160 species of snakes. However, the most prized possession as well as most popular attraction of the park is a King Cobra, which is nine feet long and over six years old. For those who have little information about snakes, there is no need to worry. There is a library inside the premises of the Katraj Snake Park, where you can get information on almost each and every species of snake. There is also a provision for giving information about snakes for the blind, through Braille.

The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
The Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary is located in the Ambegaon taluka of Pune District. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is the home of the Giant Indian Squirrel and a huge number of other animals and birds. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across an extensive area of 120 square kilometers on the Western Ghats or the Sahyadri ranges. The densely forested area of the Maharashtra, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in India receives heavy monsoon rainfall. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in is a very popular weekend gateway from the cities of Pune and Mumbai. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary is positioned at an altitude of 2100 feet to 3800 feet, and is spread over the districts of Pune, Raigad and Thane districts of the north-western part of Maharashtra. There is a shrine in the forest of the wildlife sanctuary, which has the Jyotiralinga temple of Lord Shiva. The valley found beyond this temple is a wonderful combination of shrubs, magical herbs and plant life. The wide variety of animal species which are found in the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra consists of barking deer, leopards, wild boar, sambar, hyena and langur. The Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary has a big number of birds like the Quaker Babbler, the Malabar Grey Hornbill, the Green Pigeon, the Malabar Whistling Thrush, the Black Eagle, the Grey Jungle fowl and many more species of bird.

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary
Mayureshar wildlife sanctuary is about 7 Km from Pune station. This is relatively a small wildlife sanctuary and is located off Pune-Sholapur highway. The Mayureshwar Wildlife sanctuary is famous for Chinkaras (Indian gazelle), Indian Wolf, Indian Fox and Hyena. Since it is very close to Pune you can visit this place and return to Pune within a day. The road is quite good, and you need to travel for about 55 KM on the Sholapur highway before you turn south at the Chaufula village towards Supa. The best time to watch the chinkaras is early morning 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM and in the evenings from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. One of the eight Ashtavinayaka temples located at Moregaon is very close to the Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Peshwe Park
Peshwe Park also known as Peshwe Udyan Zoo is located adjoining the Saras Bagh, in Pune. Situated right next to Parvati hill, it is a very large park with an attached zoo and an amusement park. The park was once a shikharkhana for the Peshwas, hence the name Peshwe Park. It was later converted into a zoo and recreation spot by the Pune Municipal Corporation. Peshwe Park has a beautiful lake with boating facilities, animal rides and a play park. It offers a toy-train ride, for children. The zoo is home to a wide variety of wildlife including one male and two female white tigers, deer, bucks, elephant and various species of colorful birds.