• Three labourers were killed and two others injured during an operation to douse a forest fire at Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) in Maharashtra.

Important points:

  • It is situated in Gondia and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra.
  • Gondia District shares common boundaries with the state of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh in the north and eastern side respectively.
  • Strategically, the Tiger Reserve is located in the heart of central Indian Tiger landscape which contributes almost one sixth of the total tiger population of the country.
  • It was notified as the 46th Tiger Reserve of India in December 2013.
  • NNTR comprised of the notified area of Nawegaon National Park, Nawegaon Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, New Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary and Koka Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • NNTR has connectivity with the major tiger reserves in Central India like,
  • Kanha and Pench tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh,
  • Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve in Maharashtra,
  • Indravati Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh,
  • Indirectly with the Kawal and Nagarjuna Sagar in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and, Achanakmar Tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh.
  • It is also connected to important tiger bearing areas like Umred-Karhandla sanctuary and Brahampuri Division (Maharashtra).
  • The major forest type is “Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forest”.
  • Few thorny plants are also found.
  • Bamboo occurs in abundance.
  • Large Carnivores such as leopards and smaller carnivores like wild dogs, wolf jackals, jungle cats and also the good population of sloth bears are seen.
  • The important herbivore includes Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chousingha, Barking deer, Wild pig and Indian gaur. Mouse deer has also been recorded from the area.
  • More than 300 species of birds have been reported from the area.


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