|Central coordinates||85o 40.20' East 20o 21.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||40 - 202m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description Chandaka was declared a sanctuary for the Asian Elephant Elephas maximus. It covers major portions of Chankada and Dampara ranges of Puri Forest Division, and forms a compact and contiguous forest tract. The reserve lies to the west of the Cuttack-Khurda road between Barang and Chhatabar, c. 20 km from Bhubaneswar, the capital of Orissa. The ground is generally undulating, interrupted by small hills. The northeastern and central portions are generally flat. The highest peak is 202 m (Mishra, undated). There is no perennial stream or river in the Sanctuary, as its topography is such that water drains away rapidly. The situation is further aggravated by deforestation and overgrazing. Kumarkhunti reservoir (100 ha) is the only water reservoir inside the Sanctuary that sustains wildlife during the summer.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Indian Vulture Gyps indicus||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Pale-capped Pigeon Columba punicea||-||2004||present [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Chandaka||Sanctuary||17,579||is identical to site||17,579|
Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.
|Wild Orissa (Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary)||1997|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
|Notes: Nature conservation and research|
|Notes: Tourism and recreation|
Acknowledgements Key contributors: Bivash Pandav, B. C. Choudhury, Biswajit Mohanty and Wild Orissa.
Mishra, S. K. (undated). A scheme for Chandaka Elephant Reserve. Forest Department, Wildlife Wing, Government of Orissa.
Wetlands International (2002) Waterbird Population Estimates - Third Edition. Wetlands International Global Series No. 12. Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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