The remarkablealtitudinal and topographical variations in the Tiger Reserve provide an excellent habitat for wild fauna. The tigers, leopards, and sloth bears are some of the main large carnivore/omnivore species found in the reserve. Occasional visiting herds of elephants from Chhattisgarh are also a major attraction of the reserve while Chitals, Nilgai, Sambhars, Four-horned Antelope(Chausingha), Chinkaras, Barking Deer and Wild Pigs form the important prey species.Sanjay Tiger Reserve has a more suitable habitat for Sloth Bear than the other wildlife because there are a number of Mahua trees and Zizyphus shrubs in the Park area with so many varieties of wild tubers that forms their food. They occupy rocky and cave like structure in the dense dry deciduous forests.

Main Fauna


The Prominent mammal species of Bandhavgarh are:

  • Spotted deer or Chital (Axis axis)
  • Sambar (Cervus unicolor)
  • Barking deer or Muntjac (Muntiacusmuntjak)
  • Nilgai or Blue bull (Boselaphustragocamelus)
  • Indian Gazelle or Chinkara (Gazellagazella)
  • Gaur or Indian Bison (Bos gaurus)
  • Tiger (Pantheratigristigris)
  • 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 (Presbytis entellus)
  • Rhesus monkey (Macaque mulata)
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