The Kanha Tiger Reserve occupying parts of the Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, is located in the Maikal hills of the Satpura Ranges. Renowned worldwide for its rich floral and faunal bounty, Kanha is acclaimed as one of the finest national parks in Asia. Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh is a sanctuary boasting of abundant and varied wildlife in its most natural setting. Kanha attained the status of a National Park in 1955, and forms the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh created in 1974 under Project Tiger.
The river-valley basins, open parkland meadows and grasslands at Kanha form the perfect grazing ground for a wide variety of wild animals. The most popular draw for tourists visiting Kanha Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh is undoubtedly - the TIGER. Kanha is the perfect place to spot this ferocious beast, roaming freely in the wilderness of its natural habitat. There are several Tiger Reserves in India, but nowhere can you see tigers as often, and as regularly as in Kanha National Park.
The wildlife spotted at Kanha Tiger Reserve include Leopards, Dholes (Indian wild dog), Indian Bisons, Sambar, Chital, Barking Deer, Black Buck, Chausingha, Nilgai, Monkeys, Mongoose, Mouse Deer, Sloth Bear, Jackal, Porcupine, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Hare, Rock Pythons, and a host of other animals. The park is the only habitat of the near-extinct hard-ground Swamp Deer ('Barasingha'), and with a little luck, you can even spot this rare species.
Wildlife in Kanha Tiger Reserve also comprises of a wide variety of birds, making the park a much sought-after destination for bird-watchers and ornithologists. Some of the birds spotted commonly are Pea fowls, Storks, Pond Herons, Egrets, Peacock, Partridges, spotted Parakeets, Green Pigeons, Cuckoos, Drongos, etc.