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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.