The Hirakud reservoir
attracts large number of migratory birds during
winter. The forest area is ideal habitat for Chousingha.
Other prominent fauna includes tiger, leopard, gaur,
sambar, spotted deer,sloth bear, resident and migratory
birds, moijitor lizards, chameleon etc.
The sanctuary entry
point at Dhodrokusum adjoining Hirakud reservoir
is 40 km. from Sambalpur and 60 km. from Baragarh.
Satkosia Gorge Wildlife Sanctuary
gorge is a unique feature in geomorphology
in India. Here Mahanadi has out right across
the Eastern Ghats and has formed a magnificent
the districts of Angul, Cuttack, Nayagarh
and Boudh, Satkosia gorge sanctuary (795.52
sq. km.)(with sylvan beauty and excellent
natural features is an attractive destination
for scientist and nature lovers.
major attraction of the area is 22 km. long
gorge (known as Satkosia gorge) of the river
Mahanadi which divides the area into a two
distinct parts accessible respectively from
Angul and Nayagarh or Boudh.
The area supports
moist deciduous forest, dry deciduous forests
and moist peninsular sal forests and is stronghold
of tiger, leopard, elephant, gaur, sambar,
spotted deer, mouse deer, nilgai, choushingha,
sloth bear, wild dog etc., varieties of resident
and migratory birds and reptilian species
(gharial, mugger crocodile, fresh water turtle,
poisonous and non-poisonous snakes etc.).
Major attraction df the sanctuary is the gorge,
river Mahanadi, the Gharial Research and Conservation
Unit at Tikarapada, hill slopes, various tracking
routes and boating.