Panna National Park is the fifth tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh and is the only large wildlife habitat remaining in North Madhya Pradesh. The park is listed as best maintained national park of India in 2007 by the Ministry of Tourism of India and a must visit place in Madhya Pradesh for tiger safari.
Satna and Khajuraho railway stations are the nearest to Panna National Park, The park is also part of the Khajuraho and Orchha tourist circuit of Madhya Pradesh.
In 2009, the entire tiger population of Panna Tiger Reserve was eliminated due to poaching, Today there have been around 40 plus tigers in Panna National Park.
Relocation of tiger and tigresses from Bandhavgarh National Park, Kanha National Park and Pench Tiger Reserve is a success story to tell.
We spotted 2 tigers and 3 leopards during our morning and evening jeep safari from Madla gate, There are more chances of big cats sighting in Panna during the morning safari.
Among the big animals found in Panna tiger reserve are the bengal tiger, Indian leopard, nilgai, sambhar, spotted deer and a very rare caracal wild cat along with sloth bear, wild dog and wolf.
Panna is home to a large variety of wildlife and one of the most biodiverse regions of the state, is home to about mammal, birds and reptilian.
There are two well-known large animals of the Panna are Nilgai and Sambhar, the big cats like Bengal tiger and Indian leopard.
Panna National Park is also famous for bird species including 5 species of vultures, Indian rollder, rufous treepie, blossom-headed parakeet and migratory birds.
The raptors are known to have strong feet equipped with powerful, curved beaks for tearing flesh and talons for grasping or killing prey.
We are able to spot different species of bird of prey like changeable hawk-eagle, peregrine falcon, black eagle, white-eyed buzzard, black-winged kite, Oriental honey buzzard, shikra and crested serpent eagle.
The common and various species birds of prey found in Panna are Buzzards, Eagles, Kites and Falcons.