Kanha is the flagship wildlife park of Central India. It was established in the year 1955 but it is more than 100 years old. The first landmark scientific study was done by the world renowned naturalist Dr George Schaller during 1963 to 65 and the book “The Deer and the Tiger “is still the legend.
Vast majority of tourists are attracted for seeing India’s national animal in its natural habitat i.e tiger. Other wildlife which is normally seen is spotted deer, sambar, wild boar, Indian gaur, jackal, wild dog (dhole ), barking deer, leopard etc. A large variety of birds such as peacock, racket tailed drongo, golden oriole etc are also seen.
The park is famous for hard ground barasingha, one of the most beautiful deer in the world. In the past its population had plummeted to 60-70 in the wild. However conservation efforts has increased the population of more than 400 at present. It is generally seen in Bishanpura Maidan of Mukki Range as well as Shravan Tal and Sauf ka Maidan in Kanha Range.