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Mandovi- Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary

Goa, formerly a small Portuguese colony in the south-west of India, has gained universal popularity owing to its beaches, multi-ethnic cultural influences, and evergreen wildlife. Along with the green forest cover there are some famous rivers in Goa and two of these are the Mandovi and the Zuari rivers. The larger and more ferocious of the two is the Mandovi river which originates in the Western Ghats and flows down to form the Dudhsagar Waterfalls and the Varapoha Waterfalls. It finally culminates and join the Zuari river. At the confluence of these two rivers is the Mandovi Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary.

The flora at the Mandovi Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary is most important; the entire swamp has mangroves with about twenty different species of mangroves found here. The rare kandelia candel species of mangroves is also found here. Mangroves are a rich support to the ecosystem since they support the growth of the primary lives in the food chain. Mangroves support a lager variety of fish and insects, which in turn are the major food source of the birds and smaller animals.

The Mandovi Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary has a large number of fish, birds, snakes, jackals and crocodiles, all due to the rich flora which comprises of the various mangrove varieties. A visit to this sanctuary can be very fulfilling as you will get to see many species of birds, and if lucky you could even catch a glimpse of the crocodiles and jackals. The sight of the mangroves by itself can be a unique experience; you rarely get to see such plants with their exposed roots dipping into the water.

A small but wonderful experience is how I shall describe the Mandovi Zuari Wildlife Sanctuary. When in Goa, it's worth sparing one day to go there and experience some rarities of nature.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/04

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