It is disheartening to see a stray tiger stoned to death for the fear of getting attacked. Such incidents only prove the lack of knowledge and concern for their protection. Hoping that such incidents don't happen, let us concentrate on one of the prominent national parks which was successful in re-introducing tiger population into the wild. We are talking about the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
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Going Back in Time
The history of Panna National Park is interesting indeed. Declared as India's 22nd Tiger Reserve in 1994, Panna National Park saw a huge debacle in 2009. Unfortunately, the tiger population had gotten erased in the park. However, the forest department officials took it as a challenge to bring back the 'big cats' into the reserve.
Tiger at Panna
So, R Sreenivasa Murthy (Field Director of Panna National Park at that time) and his team brought 2 tigresses and a tiger to this park from the neighbouring reserve. This re-wilding increased the population of tigers at Panna National Park. Today, the tigers are back with a bang and this is one of the top tiger reserves in India.
Wildlife at Panna Tiger Reserve
Panna National Park is not just about tigers but there are other animals like leopards, chinkaras, sambhars, sloth bears and so on. It is also a bird watchers paradise! Panna Tiger Reserve is known for their different species of vultures along with other avifauna. Therefore, wildlife at Panna Tiger Reserve is vibrant and interesting.
Leopards are often spotted here
Best Time to Visit Panna Tiger Reserve
Tourists can visit Panna Tiger Reserve in two different seasons. In winter, you can go there during October to February and March to June in summer.
Safaris at Panna Tiger Reserve
Wildlife safaris are the most enjoyable part as you get to see the tranquil forests and animals in their natural habitat. Now a days, tiger spotting has also increased in Panna Tiger Reserve. Jeep Safaris are famous and they take you inside the deep jungles. You can choose the morning or evening safaris at Panna Tiger Reserve.
- Please do not disturb or hurt the animals as it is their home.
- Follow all the regulations laid by the forest officials.
- Don't get down from the safari Jeeps inside the forest, unless you have the permission to do so.
- Don't litter the forest; instead, put back the plastic covers and papers inside your bag and dispose it in a dustbin after coming out.
- Avoid flash photography as it will disturb the wildlife.
- Be calm and watch the animals in silence. Don't make loud noises just to attract animals.
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No doubt, Panna Tiger Reserve is one of the best national parks in Madhya Pradesh. Thanks to the efforts of the forest officials, we are able to see the tigers walking around in the park. In fact, Panna is slowly getting attraction from across the country.
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