Ratapani Tiger Reserve is located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh state in India. The Tiger reserve is part of Ratapani wildlife sanctuary. In-principle approval has been granted in 2013 by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), to make this wildlife sanctuary a Tiger reserve.
This tiger Reserve, spread over 823.84 square kilometers, is known for its finest quality teak trees (Tectona grandis). These forests are rich in flora and fauna.
UNESCO World Heritage Site Bhimbetka rock shelters is within this Tiger Reserve. Tiger, panther, jackal, wild dogs, hyena, fox, sambhar, chital, blue bull, four horned antelope, rhesus monkey, languor, wild boar, etc, are some of the animals found in this reserved forests. 150 birds species are found in this wildlife sanctuary. A large species of snakes, lizards and chameleons are among those reptiles found here.
The Ratapani dam is a major tourist attraction on the periphery of the Ratapani reserve forests. It attracts a lot of migratory birds. The resorviors inside the sanctuary attracts a large number of wading birds like painted stork, sarus crane, black-necked stork, and white-necked stork. Ratapani Reserve forests are home to Oriental white-backed vulture,red-headed vulture and long-billed vulture.
How Do I Go to Ratapani Tiger Reserve?
Ratapani Tiger Reserve is situated less than 50 kilometers away from Bhopal, the capital of the state.