UNESCO Lauds Manas’ Revival, Removes Danger Tag

Manas park entrance
Ramki Sreenivasan
Improvements in the preservation of Manas Wildlife Sanctuary have allowed for its withdrawal from the World Heritage List in Danger

The UNESCO removed the “danger” tag from Assam’s famed Manas National Park, a World Heritage site, acknowledging its revival. The Manas sanctuary, a national park, a tiger reserve, an elephant and a biosphere reserve, was listed as a World Heritage site in 1985. In 1992, it was declared a World Heritage site in Danger due to severe damages to the ecosystem during the civil unrest of the 1980s and early 1990s.

The name of the park comes from the Manas River — a major tributary of Brahmaputra River, which passes through the heart of the national park. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is contiguous with the Royal Manas National park in Bhutan. Manas is known for its rare and endangered endemic wildlife such as the Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Golden Langur, Bengal Florican and Pygmy Hog.

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