Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary
Daroji Sloth Bear Sanctuary is located in Bellary district in Karnataka. It is spread over 55.87 square km. The sanctuary was exclusively created for the preservation of Indian Sloth bears. It is about 50 km from Bellary and near to World heritage site Hampi about 15 km. Government of Karnataka declared 5,587.30 hectares of Bilikallu reserve forest as a Daroji Bear Sanctuary in October 1994. The area between Daroji in Sandur taluk and Ramasagar of Hospet Taluk host to the Sloth Bears. The visiting hours is 6.00 am to 6.00 pm on all seven days, there is a watch tower.
Ramayana's mythical Kishkinda (Anegundi) is believed to be located on the bank of the Tungabhadra river. In the war against Ravana, Kishkinda the monkey kingdom of Sugriva, was Rama’s ally. When Rama’s army crossed Hampi en route to Sri Lanka they met Jambavantha, the bear, who joined the army.
Man and animal conflict
There are many stories of man animal conflict, Forest Department and NGOs rescued many domestic bears from Daroji and surrounding area. The bears are threatened due to illegal mining in fragmented areas of the forests. The age old practice of capturing a bear cub (claws were pulled out and male cubs were castrated) and domesticated by kalandars (who used them for entertainment), taken them from home to home paraded in villages, children rode on them, they danced to the direction of kalandars.
- "Daroji bear sanctuary not a favourite among tourists". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
- "Meet the sloth bear at Daroji..". Retrieved 2013-05-07.
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