Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is locally known as Karadi, and is home to its namesake, the sloth bear. The only residential place in India for this magnificent animal in the wild, it can be an interesting addition to the itinerary of any wildlife-enthusiast. Its outcrop of rocks, tumbled boulders and caves make this place a secure shelter for the bear population to flourish. Being omnivorous, bears feed on fruits, tubers, honey, insects and termites present in the forest. The sanctuary is situated about 15 km from Hampi and is the only one in North Karnataka. Established in 1994, in the eastern plains of the state, the sanctuary proved to be a dependable habitat for the unique sloth bear in a few years. About 120 bears are estimated to live here and one can also sight leopards, hyena, jackals, wild boars, porcupine, pangolins, star tortoise, monitor lizard, mongoose, pea fowls, partridges, painted spur hen, quails. About 90 species of birds and 27 species of butterflies have also been identified in this sanctuary.

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