Lal Suhanra National Park

Lal Suhanra National Park

Lal Suhanra National Park is located in Bahawalpur District, Punjab, Pakistan. It is the oldest park in Pakistan, built in 1972. It is one of the largest parks in South Asia. Located 37 km east of Bahawalpur.

Lal Suhanra National Park
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Out of the total area of ​​51,368 hectares, 20,974 hectares are pastures and greenery, 40,942 hectares are deserts and 4,780 acres are lakes and ponds. The Desert Branch Canal runs through the centre of the park. The park also has a dry crossing of the ancient Hakra River.

The biggest feature of this park is its diverse ecosystems, including wild, desert and swampy systems. Lake Patiser, in the middle of the park, is home to a large bird sanctuary, with between 10,000 and 30,000 ducks found each winter.

The biggest attraction of the park is the pair of wild rhinos that Nepal gave as a gift to Pakistan. The Punjab government is working to turn the park into a safari park.

Fauna of the Lal Suhanra Park

Wildlife found in the Park includes wild cats, leopards, lions, rabbits, deer, swords, barangas, monitor lizards, vipers, cobras, mice and hawks. Birds include ducks, hawks, eagles, Egyptian vultures, squirrels, owls, and parrots.