Wildlife of Bangladesh

Spotted Owlet,  Athene brama indica by Lip Kee.

Photo of a spotted owlet in Bangladesh by Kip Lee on Flickr

The Sundarbans

The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal. It is adjacent to the border of India’s Sundarbans World Heritage site inscribed in 1987. The site is intersected by a complex network of tidal waterways, mudflats and small islands of salt-tolerant mangrove forests, and presents an excellent example of ongoing ecological processes. The area is known for its wide range of fauna, including 260 bird species, the Bengal tiger and other threatened species such as the estuarine crocodile and the Indian python.

Wildlife of Bangladesh – Wikipedia

Though several areas are protected under law, a large portion of Bangladeshi wildlife is threatened by this growth. Bangladesh is home to roughly 22 species of amphibian, 17 species of marine reptiles, 109 species of reptile, 388 species of birds, 110 species of mammals and 3 species of marine mammals. In addition to the large bird count, a further 240 species of migratory birds swell bird numbers each year. The vast majority of these creatures currently dwell in an area of land that is some 150 000 sq kilometers in size! This is a remarkable achievement to say the least. However this does not mean all is well with the country’s natural heritage. So far a number of creatures have disappeared completely from the country and a further 201 species are threatened. The dhole, asiatic wild dog is now endangered by habitat and preying species loss and human persecution. Notable species that have disappeared from Bangladesh are the one-horned Rhinoceros, the two-horned Rhinoceros, the Gaur, the Banteng, Hog deer and swamp deer, Indian Wolf, marsh crocodile and wild buffalo. See also List of mammals of Bangladesh

Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh The Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) is a non-profit organization whose aim is to conserve the country’s biological diversity. Over the years Bangladesh has lost both land and water ecosystems along with the different life forms they contain. We are now at a point where many species of plants and animals are on the verge of extinction. It is the urgent need of saving this biodiversity that makes WTB more relevant, even obligatory.

Flickr: Wildlife of BangladeshThere is a wide variety of wildlife diversity to be found in the wilderness areas of Bangladesh, so nature lovers can really take their time to enjoy this group.