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When talking about Bangladesh, the Bengal Tiger is for many people one of the first things that comes to mind. Another is one of the world's natural wonders the famous Sundarbans Mangroves, the largest mangrove forest in the world, and home to the Bengal tiger.
Now, at the World Expo, the Bangladesh Pavilion has launched a vigorous campaign to promote its natural wonders, so let's visit the pavilion and explore.
The Sundarbans, whose name can be literally translated as "beautiful jungle" in the Bengali language, lies in the vast delta formed by the confluence of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Meghna rivers across southern Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. This is the only mangrove ecoregion that harbors the Indo-Pacific region's largest predator, the Bengal Tiger. Here tigers live and swim among the mangrove islands, where they hunt scarce prey such as chital deer and macaques.
Apart from the Bengal Tiger, the Sundarbans is also home to more than 260 kinds of birds, reptiles and invertebrate species.
The Sundarban was inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997, and it is among the final candidates for the new 7 Wonders of Nature. To poll more votes for the region, a "mini Sundarbans Mangroves" has been displayed in the Bangladesh Pavilion.
Bernard Weber, New 7 Wonder Founder, said, "It's special. They have been doing a lot to poll the votes, which I think they have a very good chance."
A total of 28 natural sites from six continents are contending for the new 7 Wonders of Nature. The final list will be announced in November 11th, 2011.