Nepal's first National Park is situated 162 km south of Kathmandu in the lowlands of the inner Terai. It covers an area of 937 sq. km. The park includes hilly areas covered by deciduous Sal forest. One fifth of the park is made up of the floodplains of Narayani, Rapti, And the Reu rivers and is covered by dense tall elephant grass interspersed with riverine forests of silk cotton, acacia and sisam trees. This ecologically diverse area is a heaven of a wild variety of flora & fauna. This is the last remaining home in Nepal for the Asian One-horned Rhino, rare Royal Bengal Tiger & leopard, verities of deer, sloth bear, Rhesus & Longour monkey, Wild boar, Jackals, civets, mongooses, cats and snakes(Cobra, Viper & Crait). The rivers and lakes are home to Crocodiles (Marsh Muggers & Gharial ) and the Extraordinary Genetic dolphins. Chitwan is also a Bird-watcher's delight with more than four hundred migrant and local species birds recorded. There are Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Storks, Cranes, Ducks, Woodpeckers, Hawks, Osprey, Falcons, Kestrel, Parakeets, Ibis, Kites, Ckoos, Kingfishers, Swallows, Orioles, Drongos, Babblers and many others.