The Sundarbans (Bengali: সুন্দরবন, Shundorbô) is the largest littoral block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world covers an area of 10,000 sq.km. of which about 6,000 are in Bangladesh. It got its name from one of the mangrove plants known as Sundari (Heritiera Minor). The Sundarbans are a part of the world's largest delta formed by the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers across Saiyan southern Bangladesh and West Bengal, India.
The area is known for the eponymous Royal Bengal Tige (Panthera tigris tigris), as well as many different species of birds, Spotted deer, crocodiles, snakes, mammals, insects, reptiles and fishes. It is estimated that there are now 500 Bengal tigers and about 30,000 spotted deer in the area.
It became listed as a UNESCO world heritage suite in 1997. Sundarbans have also been enlisted amongst the finalist in the New7Wonders of Nature.
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