Famous tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh namely Kanha Tiger Reserve, Bandhavgarh National Park, Satpura Tiger Reserve, Pench National Park, Panna National Park and Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve to remain closed for 3 months due to monsoon season.
Though the park remains closed, the buffer zones will be open for tourism said Alok Kumar who is a chief conservator of forest (Wildlife). He said, “The core areas of the six tiger reserves have been closed for three months. However, the buffer areas of the reserves will remain open for tourism activities. The core area will reopen on October 1.”
He further said that these reserves will be shut as this is the breeding season of the tigers and also during monsoon, the reserve pathways become inaccessible to motor vehicles and the infrastructure in these parks such as grasslands are developed for the animals during the monsoon period.
Madhya Pradesh accounts for the highest number of tigers in the country with around 526 tigers and according to the last census held in 2018, it is estimated that there are around 2967 tigers in India.
Out of the 6 closed parks, Kanha Tiger Reserve is said to be the largest one and this park has been divided into two protected zones. This park was established on 1 June 1955 and was designated tiger reserve in the year 1973.