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Pench National Park
Pench National Park Map Pench National Park is located in northwestern Maharashtra state, around 70km from Nagpur. Spread over an area of 275 km, the park also extends in to the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh. Pench was said to be the inspiration & setting for Rudyard Kipling's famous Jungle Book collection of tales.

Declared a sanctuary in 1977, Pench was raised to the status of a National park in 1983. It later became part of the Project Tiger network of reserves. Pench hosts a population of tiger. The terrain is undulating, with most of the area covered by small hills and well-stocked teak mixed forest. Tigers, though for the greater part elusive, tend to inhabit the prey-rich belt by the Pench River, which meanders through the undulating terrain.

Tigers are the heaviest felines present in the wild. In general males weigh between 200 & 320 kgs & females between 120 & 181 kg. On average, males are between two.6 & three.3 metres in length, & females are between two.3 & two.75 metres. Most tigers have orange coats, a fair (whitish) medial & ventral area & dark stripes. The form & density of stripes differs between subspecies, but most tigers have in excess of 100 stripes.

Other wildlife in Pench includes sambar, nilgai, chital, wild boar, jackal, leopard, wild dog, sloth bear, jungle cat, barking deer & striped hyena.
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