Project Tiger / Tiger Conservation
The Bandhavgarh Fort, in the center of the Reserve, atop the Bandhavgarh
hill, was the seat of the rulers of erstwhile Rewa State until they shifted
to Rewa town in 1617 A.D. the area of the Reserve, with its surrounding forests
were the favorite hunting grounds of the erstwhile rulers and were zealously
protected as such.
After independence and the abolition of the princely States, the process of degradation of forests accelerated due to lax control. Maharaja Martand Singh of Rewa was deeplu moved by the destruction of forests. On his proposal, an area of 105 sq. km. was declared a National Park in 1965. the area of the Park was increased to 448.84 sq. km.in 1982 .The area of the 105sq.km.old National Park was finally notified in 1968. the remaining part of the National Park i.e. 343.842sq.km. is yet to be finally notified.
Considering the importance and potentiality of the National Park, it was included int the Project Tiger Network in 1993.The adjoining Panpatha sanctuary, which was crated in 1993 with an area of 245.847sq.km.was also declared a part of the Reserve.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT & SENSITIVITY
We strive for integration with nature and constantly explore ways to reduce environmental impact of our lodges, camps and activities.
* Stringent but practical parameters and guidelines have been developed for all lodges where it is crucial that we do not impair or detract from the natural environment. Our Conservation Team will provide lodge managers with workable and cost-effective solutions on a priority basis.
* An annual award is given to the lodge that makes the greatest strides in terms of reducing impacts.
* 'Green Teams' composed of volunteer staff members have been formed at each lodge or camp, to investigate problems and implement solutions. The wise use of energy and water, the disposal of waste including litter, and control of alien plants are among the key aspects.
* Sensitivity towards wildlife and landscapes is paramount in all that we do, and game drives and walks never compromise animals or their habitats.
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
We develop trusting relationships with our neighbors to cooperatively undertake projects which will create local economies and improve the lives of people.
* We relate to, and work with, our neighbors in a manner which is in no way
patronizing, paternalistic or expedient.
ENVIRONMENTAL INTERPRETATION AND AWARENESS
We provide exciting encounters and accurate information on wildlife, local culture and ecosystems to guests at lodges, and to the world through our innovative publications.
* In addition to providing enthralling encounters with wildlife, guides will strive to ensure that guests absorb an appreciation of the ecological processes in which different animals and plants are inter-dependent.
* We will continue to produce high quality and informative publications to which all staff can contribute, and which demonstrate our long-term commitment to India's wild places.
* Our wildlife experience is to be diversified by introducing specialist 'EcoStudy Encounters' linked to field projects. Secluded observation hides, interpretive centres and libraries are established at lodges.