Pakhui is a Wildlife Sanctuary and a dedicated Tiger Reserve (also known as the Pakke Tiger Reserve) in the district of East Kameng in Arunachal Pradesh, India. It has an area of over 860 square kilometres and is bordered by the Kameng River and Pakke River, which are important sources of water for the animals and the irrigation of the vegetation. The Pakhui reserve is neighbour to the Nameri Tiger reserve in Assam, making this area a true treasure trove in terms of these spectacular animals.

This area was first declared the Pakke Reserve Forest in July of 1966. Eleven years later, it was named the Camo Sanctuary. Then, in 2002, it was formally christened Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary and Pakke Tiger Reserve. The Tiger Reserve was declared by and is managed under the Project Tiger initiative that is administered by the Government of India for the protection and preservation of Royal Bengal Tigers. These animals have suffered major depletions of their population numbers as a result of extensive poaching and a loss of habitat due to human encroachment.

Some of the main types of vegetation making up the landscape of Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary are Lowland Semi-
Image of Royal Bengal Tiger
Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) in the jungle, India
evergreen, Secondary Moist Bamboo Tract, swampy forests, Upper Assam Valley Tropical Evergreen Forest, Tropical Revering Forest and Eastern Himalayan Broadleaf Forest. These different faunal categories depend much on the altitude, which ranges from 100 metres to 2000 metres above sea level. At each major increment, a new combination of plants and animals occupy the land and thrive off the conditions of this particular altitude.

When visiting Pakhui, guests may expect to see a wide array of exciting animals. Apart from the popular Bengal Tiger, these include the Indian or Asian Elephant, Gaur, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Himalayan Black Bear, Indian Fox, Fishing Cat, Clouded Leopard, Cobra, Common Leopard, Bison, Assamese Macaque, Capped Langur, Civet, Flying Squirrel, Python, Slow Loris and more. Bird enthusiasts will be rewarded by probable sightings of the Jungle Fowl, White-winged Wood Duck, Hornbill, Barbet, Serpent Eagle, Baaz Eagle and Drongo.

Tourists can access the Pakhui Wildlife Reserve and Pakke Tiger Sanctuary via air (Tezpur Airport), rail (Rangpara Railway Station) and Road (from Tezpur and Bhalukpong).

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