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Bondla Wildlife Park
Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Northeastern Goa, India. The total area of this park land is 8 square km. It is a popular destination for both tourists and school children. Known for the place to go and encounter a wide variety of animal life including: sambar deer, Indian bison, peacocks and many species of snake. There are also Giant Malayam Squirrels.
Bondla provides sanctuary to leopards who have been injured when they ventured too close to human habitation, dancing bears and Cobras who along with their trainers need a new life as the age old tradition of dancing bears and snake charming is now illegal. The elephants and their handlers are more fortunate. The two at Bondla take turns to give visitors a ride. On their off day, they are bathed and laze around, producing Elephant Cakes.
Another surprise at Bondla, are the Hindu carvings. These were discovered when the sanctuary gardens were being constructed. They would have been hidden for protection from the Portuguese Catholic Inquisitors.
The greatest disappointment in Goa!
We saw no animals whatsoever during our drive through the reserve, and the zoo is awful! Sad looking animals in unimaginative enclosures. Hefty fee for video (glad we didn't pay). Do not bother!
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