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Panna National Park
Bengal tigers at Panna National Park
Map showing the location of Panna National Park
Map showing the location of Panna National Park
Location in Madhya Pradesh, India
LocationPanna and Chhatarpur districts, Madhya Pradesh, India
Nearest cityPanna, Khajuraho, Chhatarpur (25 km (16 mi))
Coordinates24°43′49.6″N 80°0′38.8″E / 24.730444°N 80.010778°E / 24.730444; 80.010778
Area542.67 km2 (209.53 sq mi)
Visitors22,563 (in 2009)
Governing bodyGovernment of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Project Tiger, Madhya Pradesh
Map of Panna National Park

Panna National Park is an Indian national park in Panna and Chhatarpur Districts of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 542.67 km2 (209.53 sq mi). It was declared in 1994 as the twenty second Tiger reserve of India and the fifth in Madhya Pradesh.[1] Panna National Park was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India.[1] Although the reserve went through an ordeal losing almost all of its tigers in 2009 to poaching, a subsequent recovery program touted as one of the most successful big cat population restorations, has resulted in a growth of up to 80 tigers within the park.[2]


The forests of Panna National Park along with Ken Gharial Sanctuary and adjoining territorial divisions form a significant part of the catchment area of the 406 km (252 mi) Ken River, which runs northeast for about 72 km (45 mi) through the park.[1] Panna National Park and the surrounding forest area of North and South Panna forest division is the only large chunk of wildlife habitat remaining in northern Madhya Pradesh. The National Park is situated at a point where the continuity of the tropical and subtropical dry broadleaf forests belt, which starts from Cape Comorin in South India, is broken and beyond this the Upper Gangetic Plains moist deciduous forests of the great Indo-Gangetic Plain begins. This area is the northernmost tip of the natural teak forests and the easternmost tip of the natural 'Kardhai' Anogeissus pendula forests.[citation needed]


Among the animals found here are the Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, chital, chinkara, nilgai, Sambar deer and sloth bear, rusty-spotted cat, Asian palm civet. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds including the bar-headed goose, crested honey buzzard, red-headed vulture, plum-headed parakeet, changeable hawk-eagle and Indian vulture.[citation needed]

Tiger Reserve[edit]

Panna National Park was declared as one of the Tiger reserves of India in 1994/95 and placed under the protection of Project Tiger.[3][4] The decline of tiger population in Panna has been reported several times.[5][6] Two female tigers were relocated there from Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park in March 2009. However, the last male tiger had already disappeared.[7] A committee to look into the disappearance of the tigers was formed.[8]

In June 2009, it was officially announced that the Reserve, which had over 40 tigers six years earlier, had no tigers left and only two tigresses, which were brought in a little earlier[9] In February 2012, only three years later, the entire tiger population of the reserve was considered eliminated. The Madhya Pradesh government did not determine responsibility for the debacle, nor did it pass the inquiry to the Central Bureau of Investigation in spite of requests from the Ministry of Environment and Forests and the Prime Minister's Office.[10]

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) approved a proposal to translocate two tigers and two tigresses to the reserve.[11] One female each from Bandhavgarh National Park (coded T1) and Kanha National Park (T2) were translocated to Panna Tiger Reserve.[12] A tiger male, coded T3, was brought from Pench Tiger Reserve but strayed out of the park shortly thereafter, in November 2009[13] The tiger started walking towards its home in Pench National Park, indicating homing instinct. It moved steadily through human dominated landscape without causing any conflict. Forest department staff tracked it continuously for over a month and finally brought it back to the Panna Tiger Reserve. It then settled well, established territory and started mating. The tigress, T1, translocated from Bandhavgarh National Park, gave birth to four cubs in April 2010 of which 2 survive till date.[12] The second tigress, T2, translocated from Kanha National Park gave birth to four cubs several months later and all four survive till date.[12] A third tigress, coded T4, an orphaned cub was reintroduced to Panna in March 2011.[14] She learnt hunting skills with the help of the male and mated with him. She was found dead on 19 September 2014 of an infection caused by its radio collar.[15] Her sister T5 was released in Panna in November 2011.[12]

Panna Biosphere Reserve[edit]

The Panna Biosphere Reserve was designated in 2020 by UNESCO. It encompasses Panna National Park, three sections of the Gangau Wildlife Sanctuary (I, III and IV) and the reserved and protected forests of the North Panna Forest Division. The reserve provides significant habitat for the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris). Other resident animals in the reserve include the caracal or siyah gosh (Caracal caracal) and the jungle cat (Felis chaus). Over 280 species of birds have been recorded, including the Indian paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi).[16]

The biosphere reserve includes protected areas and minimally-disturbed areas, including over 300 villages. The reserve has a total area of 299,898 ha, with 79,253 ha of core area, 98,720 ha of buffer zone, and 121,925 ha of transition zone. The reserve includes forests, woodlands, wetlands, farms, and wastelands.[16]

Residents of the reserve practice agriculture, horticulture, and forestry, and gather kattha, gum, resins, and medicinal plants from the forests.[16]

Effect of Ken Betwa River Linking Project[edit]

The Government of India along with Government of Madhya Pradesh and Government of Uttar Pradesh have planned to link the Ken River with Betwa River. This involves construction of 283m long Daudhan Dam. The project aims to transfer excess water from Ken basin to Betwa basin thus provide water access to the drought prone region of Bundelkhand.

This construction will cause inundation of 400 hectares of land of 4300 hectare Panna Tiger reserve. Environmentalist are afraid that this will adversely affect the population of tigers in the region.[17]


  1. ^ a b c Field Director, Panna Tiger Reserve. "The Park". Welcome to the official website of Panna Tiger Reserve. Forest department of Madhya Pradesh. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ Naveen, P. (2023). "Panna Tiger Reserve's mother tigress No.1 dies after 13 cubs & bundles of memories in Madhya Pradesh". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Cabinet approves 5 new Tiger reserve". Live India. 2011. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012.
  4. ^ "List of Tiger Reserves in India" (PDF). Stripes. New Delhi: Inder Mohan Singh Kathuria on behalf of National Tiger Conservation Authority, Government of India. 2011. p. 19. Retrieved 21 June 2011.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "PANNA NATIONAL PARK, LOCATED ABOUT". letsuppro. India. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  6. ^ "The main attraction of Panna National Park". Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Govt orders probe into missing Panna tiger". The Times of India. 28 March 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Panel to look into disappearance of tiger". The Times of India. 9 May 2009. Archived from the original on 23 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  9. ^ It's official: Panna reserve has no tiger The Times of India, 14 June 2009.
  10. ^ Singh, M. P. (2012). "CBI probe for Panna tiger debacle stuck at the lowest level". The Hindu. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Centre clears translocation of 4 big cats to Panna". The Indian Express. India. 27 June 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d Murthy, R. S. (2012). Panna Turnaround Story. Panna: Panna Tiger Reserve. p. 6.
  13. ^ "Desperately tracking a stray tiger in Panna reserve". The Times of India. 21 December 2009. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  14. ^ "Panna reserve gets another tigress". The Indian Express. 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  15. ^ "Radio-collar infection kills tigress in MP". The Times of India. 2014.
  16. ^ a b c "Panna Biosphere Reserve, India". UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. UNESCO. November 2020. Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  17. ^ "article". The Hindu.

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