Kanha Wild Life
Kanha is home to interesting wild animals, birds, butterflies and reptiles- The major wildlife attraction in the reserve are Tiger, Leopard, Gaur, Sambhar, Chital, Barasingha, Barking deer, Sloth bear, Wild dog, Jackal, Fox, Porcupine, Jungle cat, Python, Hare, Langur monkey, Mongoose, Ratel and Civet cats. Among reptiles Python, Cobra, Rat Snakes, Oliveacious keel back, Krait, Russels Viper and Monitor lizard can be seen
The birds species include Storks, Teals, Pintails, Pond herons, Egrets, Peacock, Pea fowl, Jungle fowl, Spur fowl, Partridges, Quails, Ring doves, Spotted parakeets, Green pigeons, Cuckoos, Rollers, Bee-eater, Hoopoes, Drongos, Warblers, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Finches, Orioles, Owls, and Fly catchers amongst many others. It is winter destination for number of migratory birds who visit central India and winter stoppage for many who take rest while passing over to their final destinations in southern part of the country.
However, if one animal species were to represent Kanha, it would almost certainly be the Hard Ground Barasingha or the Swamp deer. The species of Barasingha found at Kanha are only one of its kind, as they have adopted themselves to the plains of central India and inhabit the large open tracts of grass amidst the forests of sal and bamboo. A few decades ago, the Barasingha was faced with extinction but conservation measures taken by the forest department saved them and today their population has risen from meager 66 to around 400.
Leopard is elusive and shy but can be seen at place where it can move with ease in absence of the tiger.Nilgai,Indian Wolf and Hyena are seen outside the park in more open areas near Kanha villages and buffer.