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Location India, Uttar Pradesh
Central coordinates 78o 8.78' East  29o 32.47' North
IBA criteria A1
Area 207,300 ha
Altitude 100 - 120m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary lies along the banks of the Ganga in Western Uttar Pradesh. The Sanctuary was established mainly to accord protection to Swamp Deer Cervus duvauceli duvauceli, the state animal of Uttar Pradesh, and to conserve the fast vanishing, unique biome, locally known as Gangetic Khadar. It is unique in that it contains a variety of landforms and habitat types such as wetland, marshes, dry sand beds and gently sloping ravines known as Khola. Till a few decades ago (before 1980s), the Gangetic Khadar had extensive tracts of tall wet and dry grass, and Khola had luxuriant forests. However, today (2000s) much of the natural vegetation has been lost due to industries, human settlements and cultivation. Thus, the so-called Sanctuary is a highly disturbed protected area. Charaching is rampant and man-animal conflicts abound. A large number of wild animals from the Sanctuary get electrocuted by the live electric wire fences that farmers have erected around their fields to save their crops. As a result, once abundant populations of mammalian species such as the Swamp Deer and Hog Deer Axis porcinus have become severely fragmented and several other species such as the Grey Wolf Canis lupus, Hyena Hyaena hyaena and Leopard Panthera pardus have disappeared altogether, at least from the limits of the Sanctuary. In spite of all this, the remaining grassland patches still hold a variety of flora, avifauna and populations of Swamp Deer and Hog Deer. The vegetation of the Sanctuary can be classified into tall wet grasslands, dry short grasslands, scrub and plantations (Nawab 2000).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Greater Spotted Eagle Clanga clanga winter  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Sarus Crane Antigone antigone resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 
Yellow Weaver Ploceus megarhynchus resident  2004  present  A1  Vulnerable 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hastinapur Sanctuary 207,300 is identical to site 207,300  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -
Shrubland   -
Grassland   -
Artificial - terrestrial   -
Wetlands (inland)   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature conservation and research

Acknowledgements Key contributor: Afifullah Khan.


Bhargava, R. (2000) A preliminary survey of the western population of Finn’s Weaver in Kumaon terai, Uttar Pradesh, Northern India. Oriental Bird Club Bull. 32: 21-29.

Khan, A. (1995) Status and conservation problems of Swamp Deer in Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. Technical Report No. 2. Wildlife Society of India. Pp 30.

Khan, A. (1996) Swamp Deer in Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary. A preliminary report. The Wildlifer 1 (2): 1-3.

Nawab, A. (2000) Plant species composition and structure of Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary, U. P. India. M.Sc. Dissertation, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, (India).

Rai, Y. M. (1979) Finn’s Weaver breeding at Meerut. Newsletter for Birdwatchers 19(7): 11.

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