Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

Tiger at Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

It is one of the major national reserves in India. In 1974, when Project Tiger was launched in India, the Northern part of Jim Corbett was named as Kalagarh Tiger Reserve (KTR). The reserve is administered from its headquarters in Nainital District. However, the forest Government of Uttarakhand has registered it under Lansdowne division. Kalagarh (KTR) is spread in over an area of 301.18 sq km. which also includes Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary, along with Jim Corbett Park. Approximately, 70 percent of Corbett falls in Pauri Garhwal district and rest comes under Nainital and Almora districts.

Bio diversity of Kalagarh Tiger Reserve

Kalagarh is an abode for many wildlife species in Shivalik Mountain Range, of Pauri, Garhwal. As the name confirms, it has a high density of tigers, leopards and others from the cats' family. It carries a lustrous breed of deer -chital, barking deer, goral, sambar, and hog deer. The herd of elephants can be spotted anywhere in the area while on excursion. Among others are porcupines, yellow-throated martens and langurs. The park has more than 580 species of birds, which includes kingfishers, wagtails, forktails, pheasants, hornbills, eagles, vultures; and about 50 species of mammals along with 25 species of reptiles like-crocodiles, king cobras, rock pythons and monitor lizards; as well as hundreds of species of plants and insects. The place is home to several species of trees such as sal, sheesham, semal, bakli, haladu, tun, sain, fig, bamboo, etc along with medicinal plants.