Kanha National Park – Tiger Reserve

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting old friends of the family who I have not laid eyes on in over ten years. My fondest memories of visiting their home in the Hampton’s consist of jumping through their water sprinklers, making best friends with their old Siamese cat named Boots, and waiting eagerly to hear the outcomes of them having a Bengal tiger over for lunch one day. It was not until this past weekend I finally learned that they all survived.

Since the years I saw them last, their love for tigers became a passion and a life. Currently they have built a house and a museum, outside of Kanha National Park in India, donated equipment to the park, as well as written two guides to the reserve.

This blog however, is not to talk about my friends, but instead it is to get the word out about the reserve. There are currently only about 1,500 Siberian tigers left in the world – over half of them living as pets in the state of Texas. Their numbers have dropped over 50% in the past five years and will continue to do so due to poaching for meat as well as the high demand of tiger products used for medicinal purposes in China and other parts of E. Asia.

Sooner or later the Siberian will come to the same fate as the Bali, Javi, and Caspian tigers which have disappeared and gone extinct if we don’t help.

Kanha National Park is a reserve for some of these last tigers – a refuge where they can live free, in the wild, and out of reach of hunters. The park is located in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh and extends over an area of over 1,940 sq/kms.

As well as protecting tigers, the park has also distinguishes itself in saving many other endangered species, including the Barasingha deer whose population in the park is all that is left in the world.

A trip to the park will not only bring you closer to these beautiful creatures, but it will bring the realization of their potential disappearance a harsh reality. For more information about Kanha National Park, please visit this website Indian Wildlife Portal