Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Jorhat Assam – An Extraordinary Sanctuary for the Wildlife
As we were already near Jorhat in Assam for a visit to the Majuli Islands, we decided to stay there overnight in order to visit the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary on the next day. The sanctuary is known to provide the natural habitat to the Hoolok Gibbon, a special breed of monkeys. The name of the sanctuary is also derived from the same. To travel to the sanctuary, we made a journey again from Jorhat to Marioni. Marioni is the nearest station which is just at a distance of 5 kilometers from the sanctuary. One can even stay in the accommodations provided to the visitors by the State Government by paying some amount. We booked a room where we freshened ourselves and kept our baggage to have a look into the sanctuary.
As the name suggests, the sanctuary is the abode for gibbons. However there are a number of other species found in the sanctuary as well. The capped langur, Assamese pig tailed macaque, leopard, Chinese Pangolin, Asian elephant, stump tailed macaque, wild boar, slow loris, jungle cat and rhesus macaque are seen there. Several varieties of birds such as the hornbill, owl, black headed oriole, egrets, green pigeon, barbet, dove, dringo and barbet are seen there. The variety of fauna observed in the sanctuary is quite appealing. Additionally we could also observe a range of floras in the sanctuary itself which conserved, preserved and protected them. Bamboo, sashi, ajar, orchids, ferns, kothal and canes are found in the forest in abundance.
The sanctuary was started in the year 1881, however; it got its official confirmation and became open to the public in the year 1997. Hollong was the previous name of the sanctuary owing to the species of trees found in the forest. Later the name was changed and given as the Gibbon Wildlife sanctuary. Since it is the only place in India where gibbons are found in large numbers, the name is so.
The entire sanctuary is surrounded by Tiru Hill Reserve, Dissoi Valley Forest, Dissoi Reserve Valley and therefore such huge species of flora and fauna are seen. Moreover we could also see several tea plants which filled the environment with its aroma.