16 Jun 2023

Madhya Pradesh's Largest Tiger Reserve Veerangana Durgavati May Come Into Existence Before World Tiger Day; You Can Spot These Animals In New Reserve

The seventh tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh and the 54th in the country will be named after Veerangana Durgavati. It will be spread over 2339 square km across Narsinghpur, Damoh, and Sagar districts. It will be the largest tiger reserve in the state in size. It will have a core area of 1414 sq km and a buffer area of 925 sq km.

After the approval of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has also given its consent for the formation Veerangana Durgavati Tiger Reserve, which will be the seventh Tiger Reserve in the state.

The reserve will be formed by combining Nauradehi and Veerangana Durgavati Sanctuaries. It is likely to come into existence before World Tiger Day on July 29 next month. Its notification can be made anytime. A green corridor linking Panna Tiger Reserve with Durgavati will be developed for the natural movement of the tiger to the new reserve.

What animals will you see in new reserve?

The reserve will be formed by combining Nauradehi and Veerangana Durgavati Sanctuaries. The Nauradehi, spread over 1200 sq km, is the home of Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Wolf, Wild Dog, Hyena, Jackal and Fox.

Besides, herbivores like Nilgai, Chinkara, Chital, Sambar, Black Buck, Chousingha, Langurs and Red-faced monkeys abound in Nauradehi.

This sanctuary is also famous for the wild animals that crawl in dry forests, including water and land Turtles. Variety of reptiles found include Freshwater Turtles, Terrestrial Tortoises, Monitor Lizards and Freshwater Crocodile and Snakes. 

Similarly, Veerangana Durgavati sanctuary is the home of18 species of mammals, including the leopard, wolf, jackal, Indian fox, the striped hyena and sloth bear besides several species of deer. Besides these, the sanctuary is also home to 177 species of birds, 16 species of fish and reptiles and 10 species of amphibians.

VDTR will compensate for damage caused by Ken-Betwa River Link Project

Veerangana Durgavati Tiger Reserve (VDTR) will be the largest in the state in terms of core area as well as in total area. At present, the largest tiger reserve in terms of area is Satpura, followed by Kanha.  

VDTR will compensate for the damage caused to the Panna Tiger Reserve by the Ken-Betwa River Link Project. For approving this joint project of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the Union Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has set a condition for setting up a new tiger reserve in both the states. UP has already fulfilled this condition last year by making Ranipur Sanctuary in Chitrakoot district as a tiger reserve.

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