Majority of the area in Dantewada district is covered with forests, which automatically supports the wildlife in the region. Chindnaar is a spot on the banks of river Indravati which is home to crocodiles. In fact, if one is lucky, especially during the summer months, crocodiles can even be seen on the sands basking in the sun at Sathdhaar or Muchnaar.
In fact, Dantewada serves as a base location for many surrounding national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Towards the north-west, Indravati National Park is located in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh and attained the status of a national park in 1981 and a tiger reserve in 1983. It is home to one of the last populations of rare wild buffalo. The flora in the national park is mainly comprised of tropical moist and dry deciduous type with predominance of Sal, Teak and Bamboo trees. Indravati National Park is around 48 kms from Dantewada city.
Towards the south lies Pamed Wildlife Sanctuary, which is one of the important sanctuaries and attracts tourists with adventurous soul. It is also located in Bijapur district and has mixed deciduous forests. It was declared as a sanctuary in 1983. Sloth bear, wild boar, wild dog, jackal, wolf, hyena, bison, nilgai, sambhar, kotri, tiger and leopard are visible. Also, there are beautiful peacock, pigeon, quail, parrot, jungle fowl, woodpecker and stork. Migratory birds are also visible in the sanctuary.
Towards the west of Dantewada, Bhairamgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is situated which has some of the important species of birds like darters, woodpeckers, peacocks, jungle fowls, green pigeons, quails, parrots and stocks. Artificial arrangements are also made so that migratory birds can visit the place. One of the prime attractions in this sanctuary is the Wild Buffalo, Hill Hynas. Chinkaras can be easily sighted, so are the Indian gazelle and chital. Bhairamgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is around 37 kms from Dantewada city.
Towards the east of Dantewada, one of the most beautiful and dense national parks is located, Kanger Valley National Park, which is well known for its biodiversity with picturesque landscape, magnificent waterfalls, famous subterranean geomorphological limestone caves, and home to the state bird, Bastar Hill Myna. The park is noted for its highly heterogenous land formations ranging from low flat and gentle areas to steep slopes, plateaus, valleys and stream courses. Kanger Valley National Park is around 70 kms from Dantewada city.