On the 11th of August 2015 the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Singh Chauhan released the book “Vultures of Panna” by Bhalu Mondhe and Abhilash Khandekar.
The book has been published by The Nature Volunteers with support from WWF, New Delhi and is dedicated to the late M N Buch, an IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, who was well known for his forthright views and activism on the environmental and conservation front.
The 576 sq km Panna Tiger Reserve or PTR had the dubious distinction of being known as the Tiger Reserve which lost all its tigers. But it is now attracting praise for having restored and achieving a healthy tiger population. Very few people know that the vanishing vulture has also found a sanctuary here. This book is a celebration of the protection that Panna has given to vultures.
The Panna Tiger Reserve is home to eight vulture species – a unique feature of this reserve which is not be seen anywhere else in India. Eminent artist and photographer Bhalu Mondhe has been participating in the annual ‘Vulture Estimation at Panna’ for the last six years. This is an event in which nature lovers from all over India participate.
The book is filled with stunning photographs clicked by Mondhe of various species of vultures found in the Panna Tiger Reserve. The text by eminent journalist Abhilash Khandekar is extremely informative and gives excellent information on the vulture in India with specific reference to Panna.
Shri R. Sreenivasa Murthy, IFS has written a detailed account of how the PTR has become a home for eight species of vultures. As the man who has brought the tiger back to Panna after the shocking news of its extinction there he has also taken an extraordinary amount of interest in the preservation and safety provided to vultures at the PTR.
A one of its kind book, Vultures of Pannais a gem which deserves to be on the bookshelf of all nature lovers.
Vultures of Panna by Bhalu Mondhe and Abhilash Khandekar, published by The Nature Volunteers, 2015, pages 81, Rs 500.