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    Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

State

Madhya Pradesh

History

Altitude (above M.S.L)

440 - 810 m

Prior to India’s independence and the abolition of the Princely States in 1947, the area was protected by the erstwhile rulers. They used Bandhavgarh as their hunting grounds for centuries. In 1965 it was declared a National Park with an initial size of 105 km˛. In 1993 the park was included in the Project Tiger Network.

Area

Total

1161.5 km˛

Core

624.8 km˛

Buffer

536 7 km˛

Flora and Fauna

Typical Central Indian species are represented in this reserve. Grassy meadows and Sal trees in the plains are replaced by mixed forests on the upper slopes. Bamboo is abundant giving good cover for animals. A few rare species such as the insectivorous plant Drocera peltata and some medicinal plants occur at Badhavgarh. A estimated 52 tigers are found here.

Temperature

2°C - 44°C

Rainfall (per annum)

1175 mm

Seasons

Winter

Nov - Feb

Summer

Mar - Jun

Monsoon

Jun - Sep

Fauna

Tiger, leopard, wild dog, wolf, sloth bear, hyena, blue bull, spotted deer, sambar, barking deer, four-horned antelope, Indian gazelle, jackal, wild boar, common langur, rhesus monkey, etc.

Forest Types

Moist Peninsular Low Level Sal,
West Gangetic Moist Mixed Deciduous Forests

Funds

Insufficient

Management Objectives

Staff

Untrained & understaffed

Bandhavgarh’s primary concern lies in the improvement and growth of all wildlife populations within the reserve’s carrying capacity.

Problems

There is immense grazing pressure in the reserve, along with local poaching. Poaching is increasing as the staff of Bandhavgarh is not trained to combat it.

External Influences (1991 census)

Villages

76

Livestock numbers

57,000

 

 
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