Junglebook : Melghat Tiger Reserve : Introduction

Project Tiger - Melghat

As mentioned in my previous post Exploring the Unknowns This Diwali, This trip was awesome.

Let me give you a background info about Melghat Tiger Reserve.

Area – 1677 sq. kms

Forest Type – Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous

Fauna –

  • Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris),
  • Leopard,
  • Sloth Bear,
  • Wild Dog,
  • Jackal,
  • Sambar,
  • Gaur (Indian Bison),
  • Barking Deer,
  • Nilgai (Asian Antelope),
  • Chital (Spotted Dear),
  • Chausingha (Four Horns Antelope),
  • Ratel (Honey Badger), Flying Squirrel,
  • Wild Boars,
  • Langur, 
  • Rhesus Monkey,
  • Porcupine,
  • Pangolin,
  • Mouse Deer,
  • Python,
  • Green Vine Snake,
  • Cobra (In Total 16 Species of Snakes) ,
  • Otter,
  • Black Naped Hare,
  • Blackbucks,
  • Palm Civet,
  • Small Indian Civet,
  • Fat Tailed Geckos,
  • Fresh Water Turtles,
  • Forest Calotes,
  • 250 Species of Birds,
  • Also many species of Butterflies

Flora –

  • Trees (91 Species),
  • Shrubs (109 Species),
  • Herbs (450 Species),
  • Grasses (84 Species),
  • Climbers (38 Species)

Has 66 Villages outside the Core Area in Melghat.

Tribes –

  • Korku (80% of the population)
  • Gond,
  • Nihal,
  • Gaoli,
  • Gaolan,
  • Balai,
  • Rathya

It is known as Melghat because the Ghats meet at this place.

It has 5 Rivers in the area which are tributaries to River Tapti –

  • Khandu
  • Khapra
  • Sipna
  • Gadga
  • Dolar

The four of us named our group “Junglebook” (inspired by famous book by Rudyard Kipling) (After seeing Indian Forests you will also be inspired as Kipling was, hence the name)

Our Junglebook included

1. A.P.

2. A.N.

3. J.D.

4. Me


Of-course The Creativity Engine can do anything creative even if it is silly 🙂

Enjoy the Caricatures

To Be Continued…..