Wildlife in Kanha National Park
National park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and
it extends over an area of over 1,940-sq-kms. The major feature of
this region's interesting topography is the horseshoe shape valley and
the whole park area is surrounded by the spurs of the Mekal. By a
special statue in 1955, Kanha national park came into being since
then, a series of stringent conservation programmes for the protection
of the parks flora and fauna has given Kanha its deserved reputation
for being one of the finest and best administered national parks in
Asia, an irresistible attraction for all wild life lovers a true haven
for its animal and avian population. Kanha national park has 22
species of mammals. Those most easily spotted are TIGER, Indian hare,
Indian wild dog, the Stripped Palm Squirrel, Common langur, Jackal,
Wild Pig, Chital or Spotless deer, Barasingha or Swamp deer, Sambar
and black Buck.
Flora & Fauna - Kanha National Park
The terrain inside the park is varied, nonetheless enjoyable. Bamboo
forests flow into Sal forests and meadows. There are herds of spotted
deer to be seen with smaller herds of beautiful Antelope, the Black
Buck. With a little luck, you could also spot the timorous Barking
Deer. It's snapping warns other denizens of the forest that a predator
is around. There is also a very strong possibility that you will see
the Rare Barasingha, the Swamp Deer. Once there were only 66 of these
in Kanha, but careful conservation and management raised their
population to over 400.
Major Wildlife Attractions of Kanha
Spotting wild animals is always a matter of luck but Kanha is so rich
in wildlife that the odds are titled in your favour. First time
visitors are often so keen to spot the larger animals that they
overlook the smaller ones. There are 175 varieties of birds in Kanha.
So if you happen to be bird watcher, look forward to a full bird show.
Most people are keener to meet Kanha's major attraction, the Tiger;
still one has to be patient to spot one.
But while on a mission to find a tiger, one can easily catch glimpses
of all the grazers, a Porcupine, many Gray Langurs, Mongoose, Hyena,
Jungle Cat, even a Leopard. Other wild attractions in this Tiger
country include varieties of Deer - the Barasingha, Chital or Spotted
Deer, Chousingha, Nilgai, as well as the majestic Gaur or Indian Bison
and wild Pig.