Madhya Pradesh has one of the largest forested cover area in the county and endowed with rich and diverse forest resources. Here let’s take a quick look at the National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh.
Kanha National Park –: Kanha National Park is the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh and one of the tiger reserves of India. The park covers an area of 940 km2 and has significant population of Indian wild dog,sloth bear, barasingha, Indian leopards and Bengal tiger.
Bandhavgarh National Park –Bandhavgarh National Park is located in the Umaria and has a large biodiversity. The park has a large breeding population of leopards and one of the highest known density of the tiger population in India.
Pench National Park : Pench National Park of Seoni and Chhindwara districts is the most promising location in Madhya Pradesh for tiger safari. An 11 year old Royal Bengal tigress named Collar Wali is a famous tigress who deliverd 22 cubs since 2008, The park is rich in bird life too.
Satpura National Park –: Satpura National Park is the highland ecosystem in the central India along with the adjoining Bori and Pachmarhi wildlife sanctuaries. The park has very rich in biodiversity and home to about 10 Bengal tigers and Indian leopard.
Panna National Park –Panna National Park is the fifth in tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh and one of the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. The park along with Ken Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounding territorial forest area is home to more than 200 species of birds and animals.
Madhav National Park –: Madhav National Park is very rich in biodiversity, situated in Shivpuri District of Gwalior region. The national park has flat grasslands,terrain of forested hills and wooded hills.
Sanjay National Park –: Sanjay National Park is located in Sidhi and Singrauli districts of the state and mostly composed of Sal forests. Sanjay National Park and the Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary is home to 309 species of birds and animals including Bengal tiger,Indian leopard, Civet, Porcupine and Monitor lizard.
Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary – Kuno Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary in the Sheopur district is the most promising location for reintroduction of Asiatic lions in Madhya Pradesh but may lead to conflict between the Bengal tigers. The Kuno and Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh are shortlisted as Reintroduction of cheetahs and Reintroduction of Asiatic lions.
Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary- Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary is the largest wildlife sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh and a potential site for the Cheetah Reintroduction in India, covering the forested landscape of Sagar, Damoh, Narsinghpur and Raisen. The keystone species of Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary are Indian wolf,Tiger,Indian leopard, striped hyena and wild dog.
National Chambal Sanctuary – National Chambal Sanctuary is located on the Chambal river near the border of Rajasthan and a protected area for the critically endangered gharial. The river sanctuary is home to red crowned roof turtle,critically endangered gharial crocodile and endangered Ganges river dolphin.