Barnawapara Wildlife Sanctuary is named after Bar and Nawapara forest villages, which are in the heart of the sanctuary. It is a landmass of undulating terrain, dotted with numerous low and high hillocks. The tributaries of Mahanadi are the source of water. River Balamdehi forms the western boundary and Jonk river forms the north-eastern boundary of the sanctuary. The well-stocked forests of the sanctuary are classified as teas, sal and mixed forests. This sanctuary is famous for the frequent sighting of the Indian bison (Gaur) cheetal, sambar, nilgai, wild boar, etc.. Bar-Nawapara boasts of over 150 species of birds.

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