Tiger reserves of Maharashtra

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra

Maharashtra provides legal protection to its tiger population through six dedicated tiger reserves under the precincts of the National Tiger Conservation Authority. [1] under the initiative Project Tiger . These reserves cumulatively cover an estimated area of 9,113 km2 which is about 3% of the total state area.


Citing the presence of tigers in two wild-life sanctuaries, environmentalists[ who? ] had put forth a proposal to declare Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary and Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary as tiger reserves. This would result in creation of a tiger corridor for migration of tigers between different reserves to encourage genetic dispersion. As of October 2016, this proposal has been rejected. [2]


Tiger reserves came to be created under the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's flagship program Project Tiger. It envisioned to create a safe heaven for tigers to flourish and receive legal protection against poachers. Melghat is among the first nine tiger reserves to be declared in 1973–74 with Gugamal National Park as its core zone along with adjoining Melghat Wildlife Sanctuary and deciduous rich forest zones. Subsequently, over the years, five additional reserves were created. Tadoba National Park, formed in 1955, is one of the oldest national parks. In 1993 its merge with Andhari Wildlife Sanctuary led to the creation of Tadobo Andhari Tiger Reserve.

Tiger census

As of 2015, among all the Indian states, Maharashtra has the fifth largest tiger population. The tiger population in the state shows a consistent rise from 103 in 2006 to 169 in 2010. The recent census in 2015 shows a rise to 190 which is a 12% increase between 2010 and 2015. In 4th tiger census of 2018 tiger population has raised to 312. [3]

List of tiger reserves

Source: [1]
Tiger ReserveYear declaredCore Area (km2)Buffer Area (km2)Total Area (km2)
Melghat 19741,5001,2682,768
Tadoba 19936261,1021,728
Pench 1999257484741
Sahyadri 20076005651,166
Nawegaon-Nagzira 201365412411895
Bor 2014138678816

The numbers of the tigers in each of the tiger reserves are not mentioned. These can be found at bigcatsindia.com.

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve</span> National park and wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, India

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Bor Tiger Reserve is a wildlife sanctuary which was declared as a tiger reserve in July 2014. It is located near Hingani in Wardha District in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a home to a variety of wild animals. The reserve covers an area of 138.12 km2 (53.33 sq mi). which includes the drainage basin of the Bor Dam.

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Umred-Pauni-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, about 50 km from Nagpur and 60 km from Bhandara, is spread over Pauni Tahsil of Bhandara district and Umred, Kuhi and Bhivapur Taluka of Nagpur district. This sanctuary has a connection with Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve through the forest along Wainganga river. The sanctuary is home to resident breeding tigers, herds of Gaur, wild dogs and rare animals like flying squirrels, pangolins and honey badgers.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Painganga Wildlife Sanctuary</span> Wildlife sanctuary in Maharashtra, India

Painganga Wildlife Sanctuary is the name given to the protected forests on both sides of the Painganga River which divides Yavatmal district and Nanded district, Maharashtra, India. The Painganga Wildlife Sanctuary was established on January 1, 1996. It covers an area of about 325 sq. km. in the Pusad forest, in which teak is the main tree. Supervision and direct control is in the hands of the sub-conservator (wildlife) Pandharkavada, reporting to the Government of Maharashtra.


  1. 1 2 "List of Tiger Reserves Core & Buffer Areas". National Tiger Conservation Authority. Archived from the original on 2014-08-23.
  2. "Karhandla and Tipeshwar can't be tiger reserves? - Times of India" . Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. "Tiger census: Maharashtra records a mere 12% rise". 21 January 2015. Retrieved 4 March 2017.