KAZIRANGA, Nov 17 - The Panbari Reserve Forest (RF), adjacent to the Kaziranga National Park was opened for visitors today (for the 2019-2020 tourist season). The Director of the Kaziranga National Park-cum-Tiger Reserve P Shiva Kumar, declared the RF open in the presence of forest officials and wildlife activists.
Speaking to this correspondent, Kumar informed that the total area of Panbari Reserve Forest is 765 hectares in which varied species of flora and fauna including avifauna are available. There are six families each of the capped langur and the hoolock gibbon inside the reserve forest. The RF is a few kilometres away from Kohora.
Kumar said that there was a stream inside which is the main source of tourist attraction, besides many rare species of wild animals including avifauna. He said that since the elephant and jeep safari could only be allowed till the last part of April and May respectively, after which these two safaris remain closed, so the safari inside Panbari Reserve Forest by jeep can help the tourists, who normally arrive after the month of May in Kaziranga, to have a glimpse of wildlife provided there is no major flood.
The jeep safari inside Panbari Reserve Forest will be for around 10 km, said Kumar.