The Wild Nation Series: Home to the charismatic Bengal Tiger and the iconic Barasingha, Kanha Tiger Reserve is every nature lover's dream
Team Nature inFocus
Kanha was declared a Tiger reserve in 1973 under Project Tiger. The Khatia, Mukki and Sarhi zones are considered the best places to sight tigers in Kanha. Photograph: Rehaan Goregaoker
The Wild Nation is an attempt to throw light on the colossal beauty of India's wilderness. Every month, we curate photographs from our community, of a specific region, showcasing its unique landscape, flora and fauna.
Located in India's heartland is a national park that provides a safe haven for about 22 mammal species and more than 300 birds. Welcome to Kanha National Park. In this chapter of The Wild Nation, we drive through the dense forests of Kanha and unravel its inhabitants. Spread over 1945 sq.km. (including the buffer and core area), Kanha is divided into two protected sites, namely Hallon and Banjar. The national park is one of India's tiger reserves and has more than 150 tigers in the region. But beyond the felid, Kanha is known for reviving the Barasingha or Swamp Deer population of India.
With a mere 66 Barasinghas in 1970, Kanha adopted measures to improve the numbers of this endangered species. The Banjar Valley was designated as a sanctuary in 1933, and hunting was banned in 1954. Habitat improvement also aided in increasing the number of Barasinghas to about 800 to date. Kanha has initiated several other conservation programs, including the Crocodile Breeding Project in 1975 and Project Elephant in 1991.
From Golden Jackals to Green Bee-eaters, our community of photographers have showcased Kanha's world in all its glory. Join us as we travel through Madhya Pradesh's largest national park and explore its wonders.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the #KanhaInFocus chapter of #TheWildNation. We will be travelling to many more interesting locations along with our photographers. Make sure to keep your eyes open for our monthly prompts.
Abhijit Sinha | Sushant Jadhav
Monday, 05 April, 2021
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