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National Animal

Royal Bengal Tiger

‘Treating all animals with dignity, respect and care is an essential part of a spiritual lifestyle.”


Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Sea bream, eagle rays, eels, catfish, tuna, sea turtles, dolphins, otters.


Kingfishers, magpies, hornbills, buzzards, cuckoos and parrots.

Land mammals:

Elephants, monkeys, chital (deer), wild boars, foxes, asian black bears, bats, wild water buffalo.

Snakes and insects:

Najas (cobras), vipers, coral snakes, rare butterflies and moths, grasshoppers

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray animals: cats, dogs, cows and goats. Visible animal cruelty is not common, but there is a lack of affection and care for the injured and strays. Chickens are commonly locked up in cages or tied upside down by their feet on the street. On the muslim eid holidays goats will be slaughtered in public.

In the

Treatment of animals in the countryside is generally better then in the city. Considering the dire poverty state of many of the people, the animals are as well of as could be. Many animals are used for plowing the field as well as egg, dairy and meat consumption of the locals.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is allowed and does not seem to be regulated in spite of the 1973 law of the Wildlife Preservation Order

Animal fights:

Not regulated

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:


Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:


We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it is unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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