Wildlife Sightings


February 14th, 2014 by Venkatesh Kolappa

The Spotted Cat and the Woods

A little luck is what we need to have special sightings, and I had one as I took a group of guests on one of the morning safaris recently. The mornings are misty these days, and when the sun hits the jungle, it runs its rays through it. I was encouraging my guests telling them that this National Park had a lot to offer, and we could have a surprise. And then, as the time passed, the mist was clearing and we were stopped by a sudden alarm raised by a Langur, and then followed by a herd of Chital.

We waited for quite some time at that spot, and we were called by another naturalist from another vehicle, who asked me to approach slowly. I was telling my guests that something must have been spotted.  As I took the vehicle in that direction, I saw a Leopard lying on a tree in the teak woods.

Leopard at Kabini


This Leopard had just climbed this perch, and was displaying his presence with this unique sawing call, and he was looking down and at the sides once in a while. There probably was another female Leopard in the woods. The sun was also passing through the woods, and gently spreading his grace on this beautiful cat. All my guests were very delighted to have these special moments.

Leopard in Kabini

The Treetop Lounge?

The Spotted Cat and the Woods
Venkatesh Kolappa
Venkat is a Zoology graduate with a Masters Degree in Sociology. Following college, he worked for 11 years in Sales & Marketing and 3 years in the BPO industry. His years in the city only increased his passion for wildlife, ultimately resulting in him giving up his career and getting involved in Wildlife tourism & Conservation. He has wide experience in the field of wildlife having worked in Kanha and Pench National Parks. Venkat believes that the urban man has lost touch with wilderness and nature, and needed to reestablish this link to invoke the spirit of wildlife conservation. Conservation of wildlife according to Venkat is essential for the long time survival of the human race.

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