Wildlife Sightings


August 21st, 2013 by Narendran M.M

The Treasured Bark

It was during the morning vehicle safari that I was guiding a handful of guests. The forest looked lush after the previous night’s rains. I brought the vehicle to a halt as I heard the loud alarm call of the Langur. The call directed me into the bushes at a short distance from the view line. I told the guests that this was a tell tale sign of a predator who could be around that place. We didn’t move an inch from that place as we were hooked onto the increasing pitch of the calls.

As we watched through the bushes, we were surprised by two adult female elephants that emerged from the bushes, and much to our delight, they accompanied a young calf who could be around two years old. “Wow” I said to myself and the guests as I had sighted an elephant after a long time.

Both the elephants stood out of the bushes and one of them started de barking a tree and feeding on the bark. She had tushes and she was using one of them to pierce through the tree trunk and remove the bark. As a naturalist I had watched an interesting behaviour of elephants.

Elephant in Kabini

Bark – the Elephant Delicacy

The warning calls never stopped for more than 10 minutes, and the elephants were also unmoved from de barking the tree. I told my guests that had the calls not come out of the bushes, we might not have seen the elephants.

Elephant with a bark, Kabini

A Sumptuous Meal


The Treasured Bark
Narendran M.M
Narendran hails from the land of wetland birds, Alapuzha, Kerala. After his schooling at Thiruvalla M G M, he went on to complete his graduation in Zoology from N S S college Changanassery. Since 2000, he has been involved as an activist in Kottayam Nature Society, protecting the wetland birds in Kerala. Despite repeated offers to work in Gulf like many other Keralites, he stood firm to follow his passion for conserving what is left from nature & wilderness. He also has a passion for wildlife photography. He worked as a Naturalist for 2 years in Gokarna, Karnataka, where he gained more knowledge on butterflies & reptiles, birds & smaller mammals including river Dolphins.

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