Bangladesh is an important tea producing country in Asia, and being the world's 10th largest tea producer. Bangladesh’s tea industry dates back to Colonial Period, during British Rule, when the East India Company initiated the tea trade in Chittagong back in 1840. Today, the country has 178 commercial tea estates, including many of the world's largest working tea plantations. The industry accounts for 5% of global tea production and employs more than 0.5 million people.
The Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuary in Bangladesh is located in the Rangamati District in the Chittagong division. It was established as a game sanctuary in June 1962, later declared as Wildlife Sanctuary in 1983, so the wildlife and vegetation in the sanctuary is quite settled and well-developed. It is not a very big wildlife sanctuary, as it only covers 420.87 square kilometers or 42,087 hectares of land, however that does not mean it has nothing to offer. Quite to the contrary, this tiny little sanctuary is positively teaming with life!
The sanctuary and its facilities are a model that can encourage replication of similar sanctuaries elsewhere in the country. Baikka Beel is a 100 hectors wetland sanctuary located in Hail Haor basin, a large wetland seasonally in monsoon extending from 3,000-12,000 hectors in North-Eastern part of Bangladesh. So far 141 bird species have been recorded in the sanctuary. Up to 9 Pallas’s Fish Eagles and Large Flocks of Ducks including up to 4,500 Fulvous Whistling-Duck occur in winter.