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Location India, Jharkhand
Central coordinates 85o 20.30' East  24o 8.32' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 198,625 ha
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary (18,625 ha) and the North Karanpur Valley (180,000 ha) are located in the Upper Damodar region of the newly formed Jharkhand state. The Sanctuary is drained by 37 streams and 5 rivers and is a vital catchment for the Damodar River. Around one-third area of the Valley is under forest cover, mainly Sal Shorea robusta with a substantial wildlife population, especially in the thickly forested Mahudi and Satpahar ranges. Earlier, the Sanctuary was under the control of the Raja of Ramgarha and was meant for royal shooting for sport and entertainment purposes. The forest of Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary and North Karanpur Valley in Jharkand are vital wildlife corridors connecting the jungles of Palamau in the west to those of Ranchi in the south, and the Konar watershed in the east. Hazaribagh is one of the first protected areas of the erstwhile Bihar state before its division.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hazaribagh Sanctuary 18,625 protected area contained by site 18,625  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature conservation and research
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation
water management -
Notes: Watershed management

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Neeraj Vagholekar.


Ara, J. (1966) Hazaribagh National Park (Bihar) re-visited. J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 63: 123-138.

Vagholekar, N. (in press) Mining impacts on wildlife habitat - A national picture. Kalpavriksh, Pune.

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary and North Karanpur Valley. Downloaded from on 20/09/2014

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