The death of a 10-year-old ailing male tiger, in the Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR) to a ‘respiratory illness’ has raised concerns that whether the tiger should be tested for the novel coronavirus disease.
Pench Tiger Reserve or Pench National Park is one of the premier tiger reserves of India and the first one to straddle across two states - Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. Ordinarily, the reference to Pench is mostly to the tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
The portion of the reserve that is in Madhya Pradesh is nestled in the southern slopes of the Satpura range. Pench Tiger Reserve comprises the Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, the Pench Mowgli Sanctuary and a buffer.
The Reserve gets its name from the Pench River that flows through the reserve.
The Meghdoot dam built across Pench River at Totladoh has created a large water body of 72 km2 out of which 54 km2 falls in M.P. and rest in the adjoining state of Maharashtra.
Source : The Hindu