Ranibennur Blackbuck Sanctuary
(119 km²) was declared as a sanctuary mainly to protect blackbucks
. It comprises two unconnected portions, an eastern and a western bit. The sanctuary has a core zone of 14.87 km² and a buffer-cum tourism zone of 104.13 km². The area is covered mainly by scrub forest and Eucalyptus plantations, and is also inhabited by the highly endangered Great Indian Bustard
and the wolf
. However, the Great Indian Bustard has not been sighted in the sanctury since around 2002 and may be locally extinct. Blackbuck are pleantiful with a count of more than 6000 in the 2005 census. Agricultural fields surround the sanctuary.One of the most populr animal in the world called "Krishnamruga" is available to see in this Sanctuary only.The best time to visit is between October and March for observing the blackbuck, while the bustard is most easily sighted from February to June.