Located near the Panna National Park and the Khajuraho group of monuments in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh, Ken Gharial Sanctuary is a part of the Gharial Conservation Association where efforts are made to regenerate the gharial ecosystem. It is amongst the very few sanctuaries that are dedicated to breeding programmes in India.
The sanctuary is protected under the Wildlife protection act 1972 and is administered by the Department of Forest. The total area covered by the sanctuary is around 45,201 sq. km and is usually closed during the monsoon season. Being a part of Panna National Park, wildlife sightings other than Gharials can include Wolf, Nilgai (Blue Bull), Spotted Deer, Jackal, Indian Fox, Dholes, Peacock, Chinkara, Wild Boar, Hyena, Languar, Monitor Lizard, Leopard and Sloth Bear.
The Gharials can be demarcated with extremely long and slender snouts. Their flexibility makes them different from normal crocodiles. Major flora at Ken Gharial Sanctuary includes Teak, Saja, Sal, Boswellia Serrata, Pterocarpus, Anola and more. The Sanctuary is located at the intersection point of Ken River and Khudar and can be visited from sunrise to sunset. The boating timings are 7:00 AM to 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.