A cub in Tadoba @ Dhritiman Mukherjee
Sloth Bear @ Aditya Singh
Gaur is the largest bovine in Asia @Aditya Singh
Pack of Wild Dogs @ Aditya Singh
Tadoba Andhari Tiger ReserveChandrapur, Maharashtra, India
Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR), situated in Maharashtra is the oldest National Park in the state. Formerly the private hunting grounds of the Gond kings, the tribal rulers of this region, these forests were declared as Tadoba National Park in 1955. Subsequently in 1986 the adjoining forests were declared as the Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary. The two were merged to form the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in 1993.
Dominated by teak forests and bamboo, the landscape comprises gently rolling hills interspersed with perennial lakes, grasslands and marshes. The Tiger is the apex predator here and the park has emerged as one of the finest reserves in the country to see them in their natural habitat. Tadoba is also an excellent place to see Leopards, Sloth Bear and Indian Wild Dog. The herbivores here are Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Nilgai, Munjtac, Chousingha – four horned antelope and Gaur.
The rich bird life includes species like the Mottled Wood Owl, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Indian Scimitar Babbler, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Painted Francolin, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, White-rumped Shama, Golden Oriole, Black Naped Monarch, Red Spurfowl, Painted Spurfowl and Gray Jungle Fowl. Raptors include the Bonelli’s Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Changeable Hawk Eagle, White Eyed Buzzard and Shikra.
- State: Maharashtra
- Area: 625 sq km
- Altitude: 200 – 350 m
- Vegetation: Tropical dry deciduous forest
- Water resources: Tadoba and Kolsa lake, Andhari river
- Winter: November to February
- Summer: March to June
- Monsoon: July to September
- Average rainfall: 1174 mm
- Temperature: Min 8oC, Max 45oC