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Welcome To Kanha

Among the first nine tiger reserves in the country, Kanha is today one of the finest protected areas in the world. It is an invaluable treasure trove of India's wildlife, where one can experience pristine wilderness harbouring a wide range of floral and faunal attributes.

Kanha's Attractions

Barasingha

(Rucervus duvaucelii branderi)

The hard ground barasingha, also known as swamp deer, is a most handsome species. Its free-ranging population is still restricted to Kanha, though some animals have also been translocated to the Satpura tiger reserve. One of the two sub-species of the northern swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii duvaucelii), the barasingha almost totally depends on grass species. The conservation of this deer at Kanha is regarded as one of the most inspiring conservation successes in the world.

Gaur

(Bos gaurus)

Regarded as the largest wild cattle in the world, the gaur or Indian bison, is, however, different form a wild buffalo. The appearance of this animal is marked by a huge body and a large head. A characteristic dorsal ridge is a striking feature, starting between the shoulders and running along the body. They always move in social herds, generally led by a cow. Gaur feed on grasses, leaves, barks and bamboo.

Tiger

(Panthera tigris tigris)

The tiger is probably the most magnificent wild mammal on this planet and is aptly described as the "spirit of the Indian jungle". The world has probably not seen an animal as awesome and majestic as the tiger. Evolved into a physically powerful carnivore over thousands of years, the animal has survived a wide temperature range, varied climates and topographies and diverse forest and habitat types. An amazing predator, an adult tiger has a very protective skeletal system and a strongly built, muscular body. The two strong forelimbs, reinforced additionally by the body weight and with retractile sharp and curved claws, help the hunter grab and hold its prey tightly. The tiger, with its physical attributes and hunting skills, has always stayed at the top of the biological pyramid.

Leopard

(Panthera pardus)

Regarded as the most successful of the world's 37 species of wild cats, the leopard has adapted itself well to different habitat conditions and to coexistence with human beings. It is a very clever, secretive, highly opportunistic and agile nocturnal predator that preys upon small wild and domestic animals. Its food habits compel it to hang around the outskirts of villages and small townships. It can easily climb trees with its prey, and has excellent vision and hearing.

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