February 22, 2010

VULTURES: New face for Panna National Park, India

Disappearance of Tiger population from Panna National Park becomes the only reason for which it attracts media attention. But now authorities of Panna National Park has make up its mind to promote it as a National Park having rare species of Vultures. So picture of Vulture/s will give new face to Panna National Park. Presence of 6 rare species of vultures in Panna forest will be promoted to give some reason to wildlife lovers for visiting it. Panna Park is removed from wildlife itineraries with the disappearance Tigers. Vultures found in Panna Forest are:

1. Long Billed Vulture (Gyps indicus)
2. White Backed Vulture (Gyps africanus)
3. Asian King Vulture (Sarcogyps calvus)
4. Himalayan Griffon Vulture (Gyps himalayensis)
5. Egyptian Vulture (Neophron percnopterus)
6. Eurasian Vulture (Aegypius monachus)

Almost disappeared, Black-capped Kingfisher, so far seen in Kanha National Park was also seen in Hinouta Sub-division of Panna forest. Field Director of Panna National Park has also indicated in this direction. He said that officials are trying to focus on birds species found in this Forest region so that they may be exposed to the world to restore the tourism loss, to some extent, occurred due Tigers loss.

In addition to Birding in Panna forest, one can also see World's Oldest Elephant called VATSALA, an unmatched Gem of Panna National Park in Central India. Panna forest has always enjoyed the advantage of being close to Khajuraho Temples (40kms) and enroute on Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh route but all gone into vain with loss of tigers. Bandhavgarh is just 230kms from Panna National Park.