The monsoon patrol at Panna
Forest guards of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh wade through slush, swollen streams and dense thickets, as they patrol over 542 sq kms of the reserve’s core area and another 1,021 sq kms of its buffer zone, and never too far away from belligerent wild bears and venomous snakes. Looking after the security of the animals, especially the tigers in this season is a big challenge. More so because this is when the jungle mafia and poachers take advantage of the difficulties and step up their illegal activities. At the reserve, the three months between July 1 and September 30, are testing times for the forest guards. It is not easy to patrol the jungles on foot, when tigers are on the prowl looking for prey. Madhya Pradesh is called the tiger state with the highest tiger population. The reserve is on monsoon alert for the duration. See link below to read more.