Tadoba National Park is located in Chandrapur district of the state of Maharashtra and is a part of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.
The lifelines of the park are the Andhari River, Erai Dam, Kolsa Lake, Junoria Lake and the Tadoba Lake. The river and water storage systems provide yearlong supply for fresh water to this amazing ecosystem. Besides small water bodies, rivulets and creeks exist in the confines of dense forests in plains and hills. Manmade water holes and small dams add to a life-sustaining environment. These factors explain the prolific biodiversity of the region. The park has an endless treasure trove of a large number of species of trees & plants and wildlife. The wildlife includes tigers, hyenas, leopards, gaur, sloth bears, wild dogs, jackals, barking deer, sambar etc. The park is also home to about 181 species of birds, which includes endangered and water birds.
The name Tadoba is from the name of the God Tadoba who was also called Taru, he was praised by the tribal people who lived in the dense forests of the Tadoba. Legend holds that Taru was a village chief who was killed in a mythological encounter with a tiger.
The Gond kings once ruled these forests in the vicinity of the Chimur hills. Their descendants are still can be seen in local villages.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is Maharashtra’s oldest and Largest Wild Life National Park.
Killing of domestic animals by tigers and leopards is a frequent phenomenon in the areas around Tadoba
There are about 43 tigers (2010 National Census on Tigers) in this national park!