Jaldapara Wild Life Sanctuary situated at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal was constituted in the year of 1943 for the protection of wild life, particularly single horned Rhinos. River Torsha runs through this sanctuary which is mostly covered with tall grasses. Total area of Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary is 141 Sq. Km.
Flora and Fauna:
The forest is mainly savannah covered with tall elephant grasses.
The main attraction of the sanctuary is Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros. The sanctuary holds the maximum number of rhinos population in India after Kaziranga National Park. In addition to Rhinoceros Asian elephant, Hog deer, Barking deer, Sambar deer, wild Boar and Gaur are the other attraction of this sanctuary.
Jaldapara is a hotspot for bird watchers. It is one of the very few places in India, where the Bengal Florican is sighted. The other birds to be found here are the Crested Serpent Eagle, Pallas's Fishing Eagle and shikra, peafowl, patridges and Oriental Pied Hornbill. Python, monitor lizards, kraits, cobras, geckos and about 8 species of fresh water turtles have also found here.