Wildlife Sightings

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October 22nd, 2013 by Pranad Patil

2 out of 3!

Nagarhole is home to 3 big predators – Tigers, Leopards and Dholes. On a good day, you will get to see one of these predators during the safari and it will be called a successful safari! All these predators depend on the same prey animals. Hence they do not tolerate the presence of other predators in their surroundings. This is why usually you don’t see more predators in a single safari.

So seeing two of the top three predators is extremely lucky. I was guiding a dozen guests and we had the best welcome anyone could hope for in a forest. Barely 10 minutes after we entered the forest, we heard some alarm calls given by the Spotted Deer and immediately saw a leopard walking towards us on the road. The bold male continued on the dirt track as we backed off, before disappearing into the bushes.

Leopard-male-Kabini

Strutting His Stuff: a Leopard

Then towards the end of the safari we were tipped off about a sighting of some Dholes nearby. We headed there and saw a pack of three dogs toddling along the path. The dogs sniffed away at the vehicle and continued on their way.

Dhole at Kabini

A Dhole

Although we did not see the king of the forest, guests were extremely happy with the close encounters we had with the other two predators.

2 out of 3!
Pranad Patil
Growing up in a large, metropolitan city like Mumbai, all Pranad could think of was how to get out of the over-crowded city. After completing a Masters in Business Administration, with Marketing and HR as his major subjects and with a distinction at that, Pranad ignored all the offers he got from the corporate world. Instead, he started working for a small organization in Mumbai that conducted a lot of nature and environment related activities and trips for the urban crowd. He then worked as a Naturalist for a resort in the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve before moving to Orange County, Kabini as a Sr. Executive Naturalist. Pranad is especially interested in wildlife photography and observing animal behaviour.



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