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Over 47 kinds of mammals, more than 250 species of birds, more than 100 plus species of butterflies and 16 kinds of snakes is testimony to the fact that the rich habitat diversity of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve supports wide range of animal communities viz.: mammals, birds, reptiles and many lesser life forms in the Reserve. The central meadows of Bandhavgarh (Tala range) are rich in ungulates, tigers and other species of fauna.

Main Fauna


The Prominent mammal species of Bandhavgarh are:

  • Spotted deer or Chital (Axisaxis)
  • Sambar (Cervus unicolor)
  • Barking deer or Muntjac (Muntiacusmuntjak)
  • Chousingha or Four-horned antilope (Tetracerusquadricornis)
  • Nilgai or Blue bull (Boselaphustragocamelus)
  • Indian Gazelle or Chinkara (Gazellabenetti)
  • Gaur (Bos gaurus)
  • Tiger (Panthera tigristigris)
  • Leopard (Pantherapardus)
  • Wild dog or Dhole (Cuonalpinus)
  • Hyaena (Hyaena hyena)
  • Indian Wolf (Canis lupus)
  • Jackal (Canis aureus)
  • Wild boar (Sus scrofa)
  • Sloth bear (Metursusursinus)
  • Common langur (Semnopithecusentellus)
  • Rhesus monkey (Macaque mulata)
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