Welcome To Pench Tiger Reserve...


The Reserve gets its name from the Pench River that flows, north to south, 74 km through the reserve. The Pench River bisects the Pench Reserve into two nearly equal parts. The Pench National Park and Tiger Reserve extends over an area of 257 sq. km. in the lower southern reaches of the Satpura hill ranges, along the northern boundary of Nagpur District. It was declared a National Park by the Government of Maharashtra in 1975 and received the official status of "Tiger Reserve of India" in February 1999.

Rich in its biodiversity, its terrain defined by hills, valleys and the occasional precipitous slope, Pench is an important ecosystem supporting an abundance of flora and fauna, including a rich variety of aquatic life.

Not surprisingly, the beauty of this part of central India has earned much literary attention. The poet Kalidas writes about the scenic charm of the place in his epics Meghdootam and Sakuntalam. R.A. Strendale's "Camp in the Satpura Hills" draws a vivid pen picture of this idyllic paradise - as does Forsyth's "Highlands of Central India". The popular fictional works of Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book also have their stories set around this region.

The Pench National Park is four different forest regions in one, an extravagance of trees, shrubs, grasses, climbers, weeds and herbs, with teak being the most prominent of the tree species. The park is home to 33 species of mammals, 164 species of birds, 50 species of fish, 10 species of amphibians, 30 species of reptiles, and a wide variety of insect life. Here, birdlife is equally bountiful. The feathered denizens of Pench include both resident and migratory birds like Malabar pied hornbills, Indian pittas, ospreys, grey-headed fishing eagles, white-eyed buzzards, storks, waterfowls, four endangered vulture species, and the green pigeon, which is the State Bird.

Pench is one of the topmost destinations for wildlife tourism in Maharashtra, albeit a little less famous and popular than the other star attractions i.e. Tadoba in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra.

Much like the system of wildlife tourism in most of India, the tourism activity in Pench Tiger Reserve is restricted to 20% of the core area and is carried out through safari drives done each day in the morning and evening. The number of jeeps that are allowed entry into the reserve is restricted by the Forest Department.

Administration

MR. M.S.REDDY (IFS)
CHIEF CONSERVATOR OF FOREST & FIELD DIRECTOR PENCH TIGER RESERVE

MR. ANIL NIMJE
DEPUTY DIRECTOR – PENCH TIGER RESERVE

MRS. DEEPALI TALMALE
ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR OF FOREST – EAST PENCH

MR. A.B. TARSEKAR
ASSISTANT CONSERVATOR OF FOREST – STPF

NOTIFICATION DATES & AREA STATEMENT

PROTECTED AREA AREA NOTIFICATION
Pench National Park 257.26 sq.km 1975
Mansingdeo WLS 182.57 sq.km 2010
Non - PA Buffer 220.46 sq.km 2015