Experts to chalk out strategy for sustainable tourism, wildlife conservation in MP
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that a
team of international experts will be engaged to chalk out a strategy for
sustainable tourism along with wildlife conservation in Madhya Pradesh. Chouhan
visited South Africa’s world-famous Kruger national park on Thursday. He was
accompanied by Industries Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia.
Officers of Kruger National Park and Wildlife College gave a
presentation on strategy for sustainable and planned tourism. The Chief
Minister said that conservation of wildlife is interconnected with welfare of
local communities and economic growth through tourism.
Kruger national park is one of the largest national parks in
South Africa. It is spread over 19,633 square kilometers in Limbpopo and
Mpumalanga provinces. Diverse species of flora and fauna are found in the park.
Most of the trees are of acacia species while marula trees are also in large
number. It has a vast grazing land for wildlife where red grass and buffalo
grass are dominant.
The park has 517 types of birds. Of these, birds of 235 species
reside here permanently, 117 are non-breeding migrants and 147 types of birds
are nomads. Earlier, areas of the park were protected by Republic of South Africa,
which became national park in year 1926.
The park has various kinds of mammals including African buffalo,
black rhinoceros, zebra, cheetah, giraffe, hippopotamus, leopard, elephant,
blue wildebeest etc.