Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary

Ranebennur Black buck-sanctuary
Picture1 – Buffer zone of  the Sanctuary

Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary Sanctuary is situated approximately 301 kms from Bangalore in Haveri district.  It is 8 kms away from Ranebennur town.  Ranebennur Blackbuck Sanctuary was declared a wildlife sanctuary on the 17th of June 1974 to protect Balckbucks.  There are around 6,000 blackbucks in the sanctuary.  The sanctuary is spread over 119 sq kms.  The vegetation comprises of open grasslands, Eucalyptus, Acacia and Neem trees.

Ranebennur Black buck-sanctuary
Picture2 – Inside the Sanctuary

The sanctuary is also home to Wolf, Wild Boar, Fox, Jackal, Langur, Porcupine, Mongoose, Hare and Pangolin.  In and around Airani Gudda/hill is the sanctuary of Hyenas.  The highly endangered the great Indian Bustard bird is found in this region.  Other birds spotted here are the Peafowl, Sirkeer Cuckoo, Large Grey Babbler, Baybacked Shrike, Black Drongo, Grey Partridge, Sand Grouse and many others.

Picture3 – Large Grey Babbler

The best time to visit this place is from October to March.

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Picture4 – A male Blackbuck resting in the sanctuary

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Picture5 – A female Blackbuck rescued by the forest officials

A forest guesthouse situated in the buffer zone of the sanctuary called Gnagajala has 6 rooms and can accommodate up to 12 persons.   Nature camp facilities with dormitory accommodation are also available.  Hotels and lodges are available at Ranebennur town too.

Place Statistics:
Type of Place: Wild life Sanctuary
Situated: Haveri district, Ranebennur
Distarnce: 301 kms from Bangalore, 8 kms from Ranebennur town
Transport:  Well connected by road, buses and train ply to Ranebennur town
Facilities:  Staying option at Forest Rest House, Gangajala and various lodges at Ranebennur

For further details contact:
Assistant conservator of forests,
Wildlife Sub-Division,
Ranebennur – 581115
Haveri District
The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests – Wildlife
Aranya Bhavan, 18th Cross,
Bangalore – 560 003
Ph: 080 – 23341993