Kanha Tiger Reserve

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The ecosystem at the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh supports the tiger as the main predator and the leopard as a co-predator. There seems to be no competition between the two. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

This tiger was able to incapacitate a gaur and started to eat it while it was still alive. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

A tiger feeding on wild boar. In the ecological pyramid of Kanha, the tiger is the apex predator. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

Wild dogs are transients that travel long distances and hunt in packs. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

The gaur is a catholic feeder, both a grazer and a browser. Photo: R.B. Pathak

The protected area has a large population of wild pigs. Photo: R.B. Pathak

The sloth bear is an omnivore and feeds on a wide range of food items. Photo: R.B. Pathak

The chital, because of its large population, is the most available prey species. Photo: Anant Zanjale

The jackal is a carnivore that kills small-sized prey. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

The hard ground barasingha, an iconic species, is a food specialist. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

The female barasingha gives birth to only one fawn after a long gestation period. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

Grassland development is an important habitat improvement practice. Photo: Shailendra Uikey

Pure sal vegetal cover. Such wooded areas are a part of the Kanha ecosystem. Photo: Anant Zanjale

Newborn cubs in a hide waiting for the mother. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

The Kanha Tiger Reserve is a near-perfect example of a nature reserve as an important space designed to support varied species of flora and fauna and where conservation and research activities can be carried out.
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