Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary (MLWS) is located in Karbi Anglong district of Assam.
Geographical Location of MLWS
Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary is geographically situated on the South West of Karbi Anglong. It is an integral part of the Dhansiri Lung ding Elephant Reserve in Assam. This sanctuary spans an area of 45.10 sq km (17.41 sq miles) in Karbi Anglong district. Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary comprises four reserve forests, namely Disama, Kaki (Karbi Anglong part), Inglongkiri and Miyungdisa. MLWS is covered by plains and undulating country to low hills, which are part of the Karbi plateau and plains of the Kopili and Diyung rivers. Streams of perennial Rivers Jamuna and Lung ding flows through the sanctuary. The Jamuna River marks the northern boundary of the sanctuary. The sanctuary area falls under tropical monsoon climate zone. Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary consists of tropical moist deciduous and tropical semi evergreen forests.
Flora and Fauna at MLWS
Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary covered by tropical moist deciduous and tropical semi evergreen forests is a home for different species of flora and fauna. Floristic combination of the MLWS includes the species of Themeda villosa, Saccharum procerum, Imperata cylindrica, Eupatorium odoratum, Plantations of the Teak Tectona grandis, Gmelina arborea and Albizzia procera along with the shrubs of different species of plants.
Fauna species found in the sanctuary include seven species of primates such as Hoolock Gibbon Hylobates hoolock, Capped Langur Trachypithecus pileatus, Rhesus Macaque Macaca mulatta, Pig-tailed Macaque M. nemestrina, Assamese Macaque M. assamensis, Stump-tailed Macaque M. arctoides, Slow Loris Nycticebus coucang, Asian Elephant Elephas maximus, large cats, Tiger Panthera tigris, Leopard P. pardus, mediumm sized cat, Clouded leopard Neofelis nebulosa, small cats, Leopard Cat Prionailurus bengalensis, Jungle Cat Felis chaus, Wild dog Cuon alpinus and Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus etc. Herbivores found in the sanctuary are Gaur Bos frontalis, Serow Nemorhaedus sumatraensis, Sambar Cervus unicolor, Barking Deer Muntiacus muntjak, Malayan Giant Squirrel Ratufa bicolor and Binturong Arctitis binturong etc.
Ornithologists recorded occurrence of about 240 species of birds in the sanctuary. Important bird species found in the sanctuary include hornbills, Oriental Pied Anthracoceros albirostris, Great Pied Buceros bicornis, Wreathed Aceros undulates, Whitecheeked Hill Partridge Arborophila atrogularis, Grey Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum, Black-backed Forktail Enicurus immaculatus, Himalayan Golden-backed Woodpecker Dinopium shorii, Necklaced Laughingthrush Garrulax moniligerus, Black-gorgeted Laughingthrush G. pectoralis, Rufous-necked Laughingthrush G. ruficollis and Sultan Tit Melanochlora sultanea. Other bird species spotted in the sanctuary include Common Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola, Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola fytchii, Pied Falconet Microhierax melanoleucos, Grey-headed Parakeet Psittacula finschii, Asian Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus, Bay Woodpecker Blythipicus pyrrhotis, Maroon Oriole Oriolus traillii, Black-naped Oriole O. tenuirostris, Grey Treepie Dendrocitta formosae, Black-winged Cuckoo-shrike Coracina melaschistos, White-throated Bulbul Alophoixus flaveolus, Greywinged Blackbird Turdus boulboul and Red-headed Babbler Stachyris ruficeps etc. Visitors can also spot different species of reptiles in the sanctuary.
Reptiles found in the sanctuary include Banded Krait, Rock Python, Monitor Lizard and Brown Hill Tortoise etc.
Best time to visit MLWS
MLWS is open throughout the year. But the best time to visit the sanctuary is during the period of November to March. Visitors can have spectacular view of different species of wild animals and birds in the sanctuary. Visitors are advised to get in touch with officials of the sanctuary for complete information on entry timings and fee etc.
Visitors can avail the accommodation facilities provided in the “Forest Inspection Bungalow and Circuit House” at Diphu region near the sanctuary. Visitors are advised to get in touch with the authorities of the sanctuary about accommodation, tariff and other facilities.
Contact Address of MLWS
Divisional Forest Officer,
Karbi Anglong West Division,
Karbi Anglong District
Assam – 782 460
Phone: +91 3671-272 247
How to reach Marat Longri Wildlife Sanctuary
By Air: Nearest airport is Dimapur Airport which is approximately 60 km (37.28 miles) away. Bus and taxi services are available to reach the sanctuary.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Diphu Railway Station, which is approximately 10 km (6.21 miles) away. Local buses are available to reach the sanctuary.
By Road: Bus services are available from all places in Assam. Diphu Bus Stand is approximately 15 km (9.32 miles) away from the sanctuary. Bus and taxi services are available to reach the sanctuary.