|Animals in India
Many rare species of animals are found in India. Because of sheer geographical diversity India has diverse fauna as well as flora. These species are protected in a number of National Parks and Sanctuaries established throughout the country.
Hunting used to be a famous sport practiced by many people in India. Due to indiscriminate killing of animals, the population of animals kept on decreasing. Then Government legislated several laws to protect the animals. It has put a ban on hunting and poaching. And set up Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks to conserve the endangered species so that they do not become extinct.
Even the religious scriptures preach to respect all forms of life be it plants or animals. But due to increasing population, men resorted to deforestation. Due to cutting down of forests, these wild animals became homeless. These ferocious animals then started coming to cities and towns. This led to their hunting and today these animals are on the verge of becoming extinct.
However, the conservation movement started by the Government is spreading awareness about preserving the environment and the rare and jeopardized species of animals, birds and reptiles. Presently there are 80 national parks and 441 sanctuaries. Projects like Project Tiger and Project Elephant are launched to conserve Bengal Tiger and Elephants throughout the country. There are other individual projects as well, but they are confined to a particular region.
Here is a list of some Wild Animals in India :-