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Location India, Madhya Pradesh
Central coordinates 78o 17.78' East  22o 33.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A3
Area 48,572 ha
Altitude 300 - 1,352m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Bombay Natural History Society

Site description The Bori Wildlife Sanctuary gets its name from the River Bori. It lies on the southern slopes of the Satpura Hills in Hoshangabad district. It has the distinction of being the first forest reserve declared in India (Pai 1993). Mahadeo Ranges, which form a part of Satpura National Park and Pachmarhi Sanctuary, bind this Sanctuary to the north, while the River Tawa forms its western and southwestern boundaries. Several streams and rivulets of the Bori and Sonbhadra rivers provide water inside the Sanctuary. The terrain varies from steep slopes in the east to plain or undulating land in the west. According to Champion and Seth (1968), Bori has South Indian Moist Deciduous Forest, sub-type Moist Teak Forests. It has many riparian forests along the streams. This area lies in the Teak and Sal transition zone which makes it very interesting from the faunal point of view.Bori Wildlife Sanctuary was intensively worked for Teak and Bamboo till 1991.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis non-breeding  2004  present  A1, A3  Critically Endangered 
Indian Vulture Gyps indicus non-breeding  2004  present  A1  Critically Endangered 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bori Sanctuary 48,572 is identical to site 48,572  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
Notes: Agriculture
nature conservation and research -
Notes: Nature conservation and research
tourism/recreation -
Notes: Tourism and recreation

Acknowledgements Key contributors: Koustubh Sharma and Prachi Mehta.


Ali, S. and Ripley, S. D. (1987) Compact Handbook of the Birds of India and Pakistan (Second Edition). Oxford University Press, Delhi.

BirdLife International (undated) Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Asia: Project briefing book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K. (unpublished).

Champion, H. G. and Seth, S. K. (1968) A revised survey of forest types of India. Govt. of India Press, Delhi. Pp. 403.

Pai, A. (1993) Avian communities in the riparian areas of Bori Wildlife Sanctuary, India. M.Sc. Dissertation, Saurashtra University, Rajkot.

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