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Int. Journal of Life Sciences, 2017; 5(4): 620-626            |                Available online, December 08, 2017

Wild Food Diversity of Nawegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Gondia-Bhandara district of Maharashtra, India 

Sawarkar Prafulla



Department of Conservation , Bombay Natural History Society, Hornbill House, Opp. Lion Gate, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Road, Mumbai 400001, Maharashtra, India  |  Email:   |  +91-8928929920

Received: 18.08.2017   |    Accepted: 29.11.2017    |    Published : 08.12.2017

National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has notified Nawegaon-Nagzira as a fifth Tiger reserve of the state and 46th of the country on the date of 7 September 2013. The 655 sq km area covers the Gondia and Bhandara districts of Maharashtra. It comprises five protected areas (PA), which are Nawegaon National park (133 sq km), Nawegaon Wildlife Sanctuary (123 sq km), Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (152 sq km), New Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary (151 sq km) and Koka Wildlife Sanctuary (97 sq km). Present document is based on collection of traditionally consumed food resources. The data generated from shepherd, eco-guides, women’s, local teachers and villagers from Pitezari, Jambhali(Khamba), Kosamtondi, Nawegaonbadh, Pawani dhabe, Rampuri, Padhrawani, Parsodi, Chutiya, Khoba (gondi) Dhabetekadi of Nawegaon-Nagzira tiger reserve. There are mix communities living in periphery of Nawegaon-Nagzira Tiger reserve, which is Kohali (Patil), Dhivar, Gond, Mana, Dhamdii, Pradhan and some other backward classes. These people are consuming near about 57 species of plants, which are seasonally available and especially tribal communities more consuming wild plants, which are Gond, Dhamdii.Wild foods are nutritious and powerful for improving the health and provide medicine, especially for pregnant women’s and children’s. Women’s describe the preparation of traditionally foods, includes, 12 tubers species, 11 climber’s species, 1aquatics plants species, 29 terrestrial plant species, 3species of mushroom and one are newly raisebamboo.


Key word – Wild food, Nawegaon-Nagzira, Gond tribes. Communities 



Editor: Dr.Arvind Chavhan


Cite this article as:

Sawarkar Prafulla (2017) Wild Food Diversity of Nawegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve in Gondia-Bhandara district of Maharashtra, India; International J. of Life Sciences, 5 (4): 620-626. 



I thank all 11 villagers of Nawegaon-Nagzira tiger reserve for giving the significant information devotedly, Dr.S.H. Patil APPCF, Dr. Govekar Conservator of forest Nawegao-Nagzira Tiger reserve, Mr. Lade, Assistant teacher in Nawegaon badh, Mr. Khune Assistant teacher in Pawani dhabe, Mr. Dyaneshwar Wankhade. Eco guide Nawegaon badh, Dr. D.K. Kulkarni, BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune, Dr. Dipak Apte, Director of BNHS, Sanjay Karkare Assistant Director of BNHS and all those who have helped me in documentation of this work. Authors are grateful to for encouragement in present work. 


Conflicts of interest: The authors stated that no conflicts of interest.



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