Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary was conceived in 1973 and was conveyed under the Project Elephant in 1991-92. Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary is comprised of two irregular pockets – Muthanga and Tholpetty. While Muthanga is arranged toward the south of Wayanad, around 18 km from Sulthan Bathery, Tholpetty is found towards the north of the region neighboring Thirunelli. Both these pockets together cover a region of 344.44 sq km and are known for their tough wild appeal. Cased in the Nilgiri Biosphere, Muthanga lies adjoining Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. It likewise fringes Sulthan Bathery and Kurichiat Ranges inside Kerala and is known for its rich biodiversity. Tholpetty likewise lies neighboring Nagarhole Range of Karnataka.