Pench Tiger Reserve

Why is it in News?

Over a thousand of birds were killed in the buffer zone of Pench Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh as the area was hit by a hailstorm recently. 590 egrets, 360 parrots and 152 crows are among the birds that were killed.

About the Pench Tiger Reserve:

  • The Pench Reserve or the Pench National Park is named after River Pench which originates from the Mahadeo Hills and divides the national park approximately into two equal halves.
  • This national park is present in southern part of Madhya Pradesh, but has some portions in the neighboring state of Maharashtra. But, when we say Pench Tiger Reserve, it broadly means we are referring to the tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh.
  • Pench National Park was established as a tiger reserve in 1992.
  • It broadly spreads over the Districts of Chindwara and Seoni in MP.
  • It is situated in the southern slopes of Satpura-Maikal Range

Which other Wildlife Sanctuaries are part of the Pench Tiger Reserve?

The Pench Tiger Reserve comprises of the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Pench Mowgli Sanctuary and a buffer zone.

Source: TH