Veerangana Durgavati Tiger Reserve

July 10, 2024

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, Rhesus Macaque, etc.
    • It is one of the few remaining strongholds for the White-Rumped and the Indian Vultures, critically endangered raptors of India. 
  • green corridor linking Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) with Durgavati will be developed for the natural movement of the tiger to the new reserve.