Corridor Connectivity - Kanha Tiger Reserve

Kanha Tiger Reserve is one of the most important tiger habitats in Central India for the long-term conservation of the “flagship” species – tiger.  It also harbours the last world population of the highly endangered Central Indian swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii branderi). The Tiger Reserve encompasses diverse vegetation, and has natural linkages with several other PAs in the region, viz. Pench TR in Madhya Pradesh, Achankmar TR in Chhattisgarh and Nawegaon-Nagzira TR in Maharashtra. Though the connectivity between Kanha Tiger Reserve and these PAs may be weak, there is ample scope for ensuring gene flow from the Kanha core conservation unit by resorting to appropriate site-specific restorative management. Thus, Kanha Tiger Reserve has considerable significance as a conservation nucleus.  Besides, it affords scope for fostering eco-regional development to complement the conservation initiatives. The above corridor plans are under submission to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi.