'Bandipur National Park', established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under 'Project Tiger', is a national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. The 'Bandipur Tiger Reserve' was established under 'Project Tiger' in 1973 by adding nearly 800 square km (310 sq mi) to the 'Venugopala Wildlife park'. Bandipur supports a good population of endangered and vulnerable species like Indian elephants, gaurs, tigers, sloth bears, muggers, Indian rock pythons, four-horned antelopes and dholes.