Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve

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The two tigresses translocated to low-density zones in Navegaon Nazira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) in eastern Maharashtra earlier this year are thriving, data from their radio collars shows.

About Navegaon Nazira Tiger Reserve

  • Location: It is situated in the Gondia and Shandara Districts of Maharashtra.
  • It was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1970. In 2012, the state government announced to merging this sanctuary with another national park to include in Tiger Project, now called as Nagzira Navegoan Tiger Reserve.
  • It comprises Nawegaon National Park, Nawegaon Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, New Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, and Koka Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • It is connected with many surrounding tiger reserves like Pench, Kanha, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Indravati Tiger Reserve etc.
  • Topography: The topography is undulating, and the highest point, viz. ‘Zenda Pahad’ is around 702 m above mean sea level.
  • Vegetation: Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest, which includes dry mixed forests to moist forest type.
  • Flora: There are 364 species of plants, and the major trees are: Terminalia tomentosa, Lagerstroemia parviflora, Anogeisus lotifolia, Pterocarpus marsupium, Diospyrus melanoxylon, Ougeinia oogenesis etc.
  • Fauna: The major wild animals are: Tiger, Panther, Small Indian Civet, Palm Civet, Wolf, Jackal, Wild Dog, Sloth Bear, Ratel, Common Giant Flying Squirrel, Gaur, Sambar, Chital, Four Horned Antelope, Mouse Deer and Pangolin.

Q1) What is a Deciduous Forest?

A deciduous forest is a type of forest dominated by trees that lose their foliage at the end of the growing season. This is in contrast to an evergreen forest where a majority of the trees remain “green” throughout the year because they shed leaves not seasonally but at various periods of the year.

Source: Maharashtra: Tigress translocated Nazira Tiger Reserve takes record steps to go next state