India has more than 500 wildlife sanctuaries. The main objective of the wildlife sanctuaries is to ensure maintenance of viable population of wildlife and their desired habitat.
These sanctuaries and forest reserves are home to several endangered species of animals and birds like the Asiatic Elephant, the Royal Bengal tiger, the Snow Leopard and the Siberian Crane. Many of the forest reserves and wildlife sanctuaries of India are famous for particular species of animals. For example, the Kaziranga in Assam is known for the Indian Rhinoceros, Periyar in Kerala is famous for its elephants.