Veerangana Durgavati Tiger Reserve

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The Madhya Pradesh government has initiated an inquiry into the alleged poaching of tigers and irregularities in the newly established Veerangana Durgavati Tiger Reserve

About Veerangana Durgavati Tiger Reserve:

  • Location: It is spread across Sagar, Damoh, and Narsinghpur districts of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Covering an expansive area of 2,339 square kilometres, it encompasses areas within the Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary and Durgavati Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • It is the seventh tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is named for Rani Durgavati, the queen of the Gondi people.
  • The reserve also boasts a diverse landscape, with hills, valleys, rivers, streams, waterfalls, and grasslands. 
  • Rivers: It straddles parts of the Narmada and Yamuna River basins
  • The Singorgarh Fort is located within the reserve.
  • Vegetation: Dry deciduous type
  • Flora: The chief floral elements include Teak, Saja, Dhaora, Ber, Amla, etc.
  • Fauna:
    • Tiger, leopard, wolf, jackal, Indian fox, striped hyena, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chital, Sambhar, Black Buck, Barking deer, Commom Langur, Rhesus Macaque, etc.
    • It is one of the few remaining strongholds for the White-Rumped and the Indian Vultures, critically endangered raptors of India. 

A green corridor linking Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) with Durgavati will be developed for the natural movement of the tiger to the new reserve.

Q1: Where is Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR)?

Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) is a critical tiger habitat located in the Vindhya mountain range in the northern part of Madhya Pradesh. It was declared a Project Tiger Reserve by the Government of India in 1994. It is characterized by a 'Table Top' topography. It consists of extensive plateaus and gorges. Ken River flows from south to north through the reserve.

Source: Madhya Pradesh launches probe into alleged irregularities poaching in new tiger reserve