Lal Suhanra National Park

Lal Suhanra National Park

Lal Sohanra as Changa Manga Forest, is one of many planted forests by the British to provide raw materials for the construction of the railway during their occupation of the Indian subcontinent. Lal Sohanra covers 153,000 acres (620 km2) and is distinguished by its varied landscape, including deserts, forests and water. 

Geography and Wildlife 

The park is located about 35 km east of Bahawalpur and provide an overview of life in the forest and desert. It occupies land on both sides of the Desert Branch of the canal, and extends over an area of ​​127,480 acres (51,368 hectares) - of which 20,974 acres (8,491 hectares) of land are green (irrigated plantations), 101,726 acres (40,942 hectares) acres of land are dry (desert) and 4780 (1,935 hectares) of wetlands (ponds and lakes). The park is generally flat land, dotted with sand dunes in size between 1 and 6 feet high and occupying as many thousands of hectares each. 

Many species of animals can be found in the park. These include several desert wildlife such as wild cats, rabbits, geese and deer. Reptiles in the park are the monitor lizard, Russell's viper, Indian cobra, Saw Scaled Viper, Wolf snake, John's Sand Boa, and the spiny-tailed lizard. Over 160 species of birds are also present, including the Houbara bustard, Griffon Vulture, Honey Buzzard, Marsh Harrier, Hen Harrier, Laggar Falcon, peregrine, kestrel, Indian Sparrow Hawk, Eagle Vulture, Lark, Shrike, northern wheatear Barn Owl. Patis lake, a large lake in Central Park, is ideal for birdwatching. In winter, the lake is regularly home to between 10,000 and 30,000 ducks and coots. 

 Major Attractions 

The Punjab government is planning to convert the National Park Lal Sohanra in a safari park of international standard. One of its major attractions is currently the Lion Safari, which allows customers to see the lions in their natural habitat at close range. In addition, after the park has a captive breeding pair of rhinos in Nepal who are gifted. Rhinoceros were once found in the west to the valley of Peshawar, during the reign of Mughal emperor Babur, but are now extinct in Pakistan and western India. 
Over 400 animals are bred in the park Sohanra Lal, including a large population of blackbucks, a breed of antelope most notable for its marked sexual dimorphism. The park is constantly fed with new blackbucks to expand its efforts to preserve Blackbuck. 

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