Kuno National Park
One of the more unexplored national parks from the state of Madhya Pradesh, Kuno has recently emerged as a bona fide crowd-puller in wildlife circles
Kuno National Park
The state of Madhya Pradesh is known for its tiger reserves and popular tourist destinations. But rarely does Kuno National Park, located in the northern part of the Central Indian state, feature on this list. Dominated by grasslands and scant forests abundant in thorny trees, Kuno is home to several species of mammals, reptiles, birds and butterflies. The park is fast becoming a highly sought-after wildlife destination.
Spread across 748sq.km., the park lies within the Kuno Wildlife Division. An additional area of 500sq.km. is treated as a buffer zone of the national park. Kuno was upgraded to National Park status from a Wildlife Sanctuary in the year 2018. More recently, Kuno has been in the news for its selection as the most suitable site for the cheetah reintroduction programme in India by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII). The programme will introduce 20 cheetahs (eight from Namibia and 12 from South Africa) into the national park and monitor them using satellite radio collars. The eight cats from Namibia were flown in on September 17, 2022. Kuno's vast grasslands certainly hand a promising chance to the fastest cat on the planet to establish a thriving population in the country. But the reintroduction poses a difficult conservation challenge, nonetheless. That apart, Kuno is a place where you can photograph a range of animals like the Four-horned Antelope, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar and the Indian Leopard.
Kuno National Park predominantly consists of grasslands and sparse forests that are home to an abundance of mammals, reptiles, birds and butterflies. Photograph: Ajay Gadikar
The National Park derives its name from the Kuno River, which flows from south to north and divides KNP into two sections. Photograph: Ajay Gadikar
Kuno National Park possibly has the highest density of leopards per sq.km. in the country. Photograph: Ajay Gadikar
The dilapidated fort along the Kuno River has been taken over by the leopards roaming in the area. Photograph: Ajay Gadikar
Ensure to carry a medium telephoto (200-400 mm) lens to photograph wildlife while on safari. Photograph: Ajay Gadikar
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