Over 35 kinds of mammals, 250 species of birds, 100 plus species of butterflies and 16 kinds of snakes are testimony to the fact that the rich diverse habitats of Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve support wide range of animal communities viz.: mammals, birds, reptiles and many lesser life forms. The central meadows of Bandhavgarh (Tala range) are rich in ungulates, tigers and other species of fauna.

Main Fauna

The prominent mammal species of Bandhavgarh are:

• Spotted deer or Chital (Axis axis)

• Sambar (Cervus unicolor)

• Barking deer or Muntjac (Muntiacus muntjak)

• Chousingha or Four-horned antilope (Tetracerus quadricornis)

• Nilgai or Blue bull (Boselaphus tragocamelus)

• Indian Gazelle or Chinkara (Gazella gazella)

• Gaur or Indian Bison (Bos gaurus)

• Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris)

• Leopard (Panthera pardus)

• Wild dog or Dhole (Cuonal pinus)

• Hyaena (Hyaena hyaena)

• Indian Wolf (Canis lupus)

• Jackal (Canis aureus)

• Wild boar (Sus scrofa)

• Sloth bear (Melursus ursinus)

• Common langur (Presbytis entellus)

• Rhesus monkey (Macaque mulata)