Kanha Tiger Reserve is the largest national park in Madhya Pradesh. It is also the first tiger reserve in India to introduce an official mascot named ‘Bhoorsingh, the Barasingha’.
Bhoorsingh the mascot, is a creation of award-winning wildlife cartoonist, Rohan Chakravarty. ‘Bhoor’ means tawny/golden and ‘singh’ means antlers. Kanha is famous for its tigers and its Barasingha (swamp deer). The Barasingha, a deer species, is the state animal of Madhya Pradesh and the Kanha Tiger Reserve, spread over Mandla and Balaghat districts, is the only place in the world where the species exists.
According to Sanjay Shukla, Field Director of Kanha Tiger Reserve, it would have been easier to simply choose a tiger as a mascot, but they chose Barasingha instead, as it would help to present the hard ground swamp deer as the spirit of the reserve and spread awareness towards its conservation. This mascot will give Kanha Reserve a unique identity. In an innovative move, the forest department also plans to have selfie points with life-size cutouts of Bhoorsingh at key locations.
So plan your trip NOW to meet Kanha’s new mascot!