The attractiveness of this part of central India has earned much fictitious attention. The poet Kalidas writes about the scenic charm of the place in his epics Meghdootam and Sakuntalam. R.A. Strendale's "Camp in the Satpura Hills" draws a vivid picture of this idyllic paradise - as does Forsyth's "Highlands of Central India".
Really, the Pench National Park is four different forest regions in one, an extravagance of trees, shrubs, grasses, climbers, weeds and herbs, with teak being the most prominent of the tree species. The park is home to 33 species of mammals, 164 species of birds, 50 species of fish, 10 species of amphibians, 30 species of reptiles, and a wide variety of insect life.
While primarily the reservation for tigers and leapards, Pench is also home to Sambhar, Chital, Barking deer, Nilgai, Black buck, Gaur, Wild boar, Chausingha, Sloth bears, Wild dogs, Langurs, Monkeys, Mouse deer, Black-naped hares, Jackals, Foxes, Hyenas, Porcupines, and Flying squirrels, to name a few.
Here, birdlife is equally numerous. The feathered denizens of Pench include both resident and migratory birds like Malabar pied hornbills, Indian pitas, Ospreys, grey-headed Fishing eagles, White-eyed Buzzards, Storks, Waterfowls, Four endangered vulture species, and the Green pigeon, which is the State Bird.