The World’s Only Floating National Park


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(delicate piano music) - [Narrator] In the Indian state of Manipur you will find Keibul Lamjao National Park- the world's only floating wildlife sanctuary. (moving piano music) Keibul Lamjao comprises over 15 square miles of rich, biodiverse wetlands, and includes Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in northern India. The park is known for patches and rings of biomass that float on the surface of the wetlands. The floating vegetation, called phumdis, thrives in the park, creating a home for humans and animals alike. (moving orchestral music) The endangered sangai, a subspecies of brow-antlered deer, are only found in the park. They have been called the binding soul between humans and nature. The sangai was believed to be nearing extinction in the 1950s, but thanks to aggressive conservation efforts their numbers have steadily increased to more than 200. Still relatively unknown outside the region, Keibul Lamjao National Park is truly one of India's hidden gems. (delicate piano music)