Thane Creek Flamingo Wildlife Sanctuary
This Sanctuary is Maharashtra’s second Marine sanctuary after Malvan (marine) Wildlife Sanctuary which was declared in 1987. It is located on the western bank of the Thane Creek between the Vashi and Airoli bridges that connect Mumbai with Navi Mumbai. It is spread over an area of 1,690 hectares which include 794 hectares of adjacent water body and 896 hectares of mangroves. The adjoining mangrove areas on either side of the creek will be the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of the Sanctuary. These areas are already have been notified as Reserve Forests. This is managed by the ‘Mumbai Mangrove Conservation Unit’ under the aegis of Mangrove Cell. \n\nEvery year Thane Creek has been attracting migratory flamingos in large numbers since 1994. The flamingos along with their chicks in the month of November migrate to Mumbai (Thane creek region) and occupy the mudflats and the bordering mangroves in this region. They stay in this region till May after which they migrate to the Bhuj area of Gujarat for breeding.
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