Located between the Bhandara and Gondia districts of northeastern Maharashtra,the Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary is 152 sq km if picturesque landscape and luxuriant vegetation. Once ruled by the Gond kings,it was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary in 1970 and expanded over an area of 116 sq km back then. In 2012, the Nagzira Wildlife Sancturay was clubbed with Navegaon National Park to form the Nagzira-Navegaon tiger reserve.
An ancient temple of "Nag"(Snake God) is situated exactly in the middle of the sanctuary. There was also a village inside the forest named as "Nagthana" which adds up to the name of the forest. "Nag" from the snake God temple and "zira"(zara) in Marathi means a perennial source of water out of the hill in pongezara, together form "Nagzira".
The sanctuary boasts of a wide variety of mammals,birds,reptiles and amphibians. Nagzira is considered to be a birding paradise housing about 15 species of migratory birds and 42 species of local migrants. One remarkable bird, "Bar headed Goose" which is a winter migrant from Ladakh and Tibet inhibits Chorkhamara tank located adjoining the santuary.This wide heterogeneity of birds could well be credited to the existence of diverse vegetation type ranging from dry mixed forests to moist forests that make Nagzira a living outdoor museum to explore and appreciate nature. Locked in the arms of nature, Nagzira is one priceless asset that we must strive to preserve.