|Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Location of Hazaribagh Wildlfe Sanctuary in Jharkhand
|Area||184 km2 (71 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of Jharkhand|
Hazaribagh Wildlife Sanctuary (earlier called Hazaribagh National Park) is a wildlife sanctuary in Jharkhand, India, about 55 miles (89 km) north of Ranchi. It was established in 1955. Nestling in low hilly terrain, at an average altitude of 615 metres (2,018 ft), it has an area of 184 km2 (71 sq mi) and is home to sambar, nilgai, chital, peafowl, sloth bears, black bears, hyenas and pigeons.
Earlier it was home to tigers, leopards, and many more animals but now rarely animals other than nilgai and hyena are seen. It is known that many foreigners also used to visit the then-called National Park, but due to lack of care by government, it has become mere a forest. Very few tourists can be seen now. Hazaribagh, which was known as a tourist destination, is now losing its title.
The Hazaribagh National Park was established in 1955. It was demoted to the status of a wildlife sanctuary in 1976,