Elephant Festival begins in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh
Elephant Mahotsav began in Madhya Pradesh's Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and will continue for seven days.
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Elephants play an important role in protecting the tigers in the reserve and keeping out wild elephants.
The Elephant Festival gives villagers and nearby families a chance to interact with elephants.
The primary goal of the festival in 2023 is to educate villagers about elephants and remove misconceptions about the wild animals.
The festivities will end on September 26, after which the elephants will return to their patrolling camps.
Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve:
Located in the Eastern Satpura hill range of Umaria and Katni districts in Madhya Pradesh.
Boasts a healthy population of tigers and a diverse range of herbivorous animals.
It has diverse topography, including hills, valleys, rivers, swamps and grasslands supporting diverse vegetation.
Other tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh:
1. Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve:
Located in the Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh.
Established in 1975
Known for saving the world-famous white tiger "Mohan".
Forms a wildlife corridor connecting Bandhavgarh and Palamu Tiger Reserve.
Sometimes wild elephants keep coming from the neighboring Chhattisgarh region.
2. Panna Tiger Reserve:
Located in the Vindhya hill region of northern Madhya Pradesh.
Characterized by dry deciduous forests, plateaus, and valleys.
The Ken River flows through the reserve.
It is surrounded by teak forests in the north and teak-Kardhai mixed forests in the east.
The Vindhya hill ranges connect wildlife populations in the east and west.
3. Pench Tiger Reserve:
Inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book".
Known for natural beauty and historical importance.
Awarded the "Best Maintained Tourist Friendly National Park" award in 2006-07.
4. Kanha Tiger Reserve:
Home to the hard ground Barasingha, the state animal of Madhya Pradesh.
Conservation efforts have led to an increase in the population of this emblematic deer.
The forests are mainly composed of Sal (Shorea robusta) and mixed forest trees.
5. Satpura Tiger Reserve:
Home to arboreal mammals such as flying squirrels, Indian giant squirrels, and leaf-nosed bats.
The Eurasian otter and smooth-coated otter are also found here.
Allows pollution-free activities like cycling, canoeing, and trekking.
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