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Guwahati:

The Assam government, on July 23, approved the creation of a second wildlife sanctuary in the Barak Valley.

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi has approved a proposal for the creation of Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary. Barak Valley in Assam is the home to a multitude of birds and mammals.

“In exercise of the power conferred by Section 35 of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 as amended up to date, the Governor of Assam is pleased to declare its intention to constitute the area described in the Schedule annexed hereto as the Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary,” an official order stated.

The Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary in Barak Valley of Assam will spread across an area of 320 sq km between the Barak River and the Sonai River.

“The Governor of Assam further hereby appoints the Deputy Commissioner, Cachar, Silchar, to enquire into and determine the existence, the nature, and extent of any rights/claims alleged to exist in favor of any person or persons, in or over any land within the limit described in the schedule below,” the order added.

The Barak Bhuban Wildlife Sanctuary will be home to slow loris, rhesus macaque, pig-tailed macaque, stump-tailed macaque, Assamese macaque, capped langur, phayre’s leaf monkey, and hoolock gibbon.
The new wildlife sanctuary is also home to king cobra.