Panna National Park

Panna National Park, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Panna National Park created history in Tiger conservation.  This park lost all Tigers to systematic poaching fron 2006-2008. Subsequently 3 Tigers were relocated from other reserves into Panna in 2009. These Tigers made Panna their home, and today with dedicated efforts of Mr Murthy the then Field Director the Tiger population has reached 34 Tigers (cubs included). But this park is on verge of creating history yet again as it will embrace the Ken and Betwa rivers in it's bosom when these two rivers are inter linked to solve the water crisis in the region. It is said that the backwater from the dam will submerge one third of this pristine forest and biome. But, i think on the contrary this will be a big boon for Panna. This park is home to Tigers, Leopards, Sloth Bears, Crocodiles, Gharials, over 300 species of birds, Deers, and monkeys. Apart from Jeep safaris, boat safaris is a good option to observe the Crocodiles in the river, and the riverine birds.