Kanha National Park
Kanha is one of India's largest national parks, covering 1,945 square kilometres. It is located in the Maikal Hills in the south eastern part of Madhya Pradesh. The park has beautiful areas of Sal forests, large bamboo stretches and lush green meadows. In 1973, when 'Project Tiger' was launched to save the tiger, Kanha was one of nine reserves selected. It is prime tiger country and is the project’s star success story. Herds of animals are found in the central parklands where approximately 22 animal species are regularly spotted, including more unusual species such as the three-striped palm squirrel, common langur, jackal, wild pig and black buck. Striped hyena, leopard, mouse deer and porcupine also reside here, as do the chinkara and ant-eating pangolin. It is also home to the highly endangered hardground barasingha deer, as well as sambar (below left), chital and gaur. Kanha features approximately 70 tree species and is a birdwatcher’s paradise with over 230 species recorded. Frequently seen are minivets, black ibis, parakeet, babbler, indian roller (below right), racket-tailed drongo, white-breasted kingfisher and hawk eagle.