There are 567 existing wildlife sanctuaries in India covering an area of 122,564.86 km2, which is 3.73% of the geographical area of the country (National Wildlife Database, Jan. 2023).
The union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Island has the maximum number of wildlife sanctuaries. According to National Wildlife Database, there are 96 wildlife sanctuaries.
Maharashtra state has 49 Wildlife Sanctuaries.and Punjab has no wildlife sancturies
The Ranthambore National Park, located in the state of Rajasthan, is the largest wildlife sanctuary in India
Bor Wildlife Sanctuary is the smallest wildlife sanctuary in the country. It is located in the Wardha river valley in Wardha district of Maharashtra and is a tiger reserve.
The first sanctuary or national park established in India is Manas Wildlife Sanctuary which is many in one -a national park, UNESCO Natural World Heritage site, a Project Tiger reserve, an elephant reserve and a biosphere reserve in Assam, India.