Wildlife Sightings


March 12th, 2014 by Venkatesh Kolappa

The Whispers of the Whiskers

It was a humid afternoon, and there was not much wildlife to be spotted during the safari. I was keeping my guests engaged saying that as it gets cooler, the sightings would be better. I was near the president point, where the guests were watching an interaction between an egret and a cormorant.  The guests were busy taking the photographs of the landscape of Kabini and her banks. It was then we heard the single alarm of the chital, and it stopped without revealing any further clues. It was almost 5pm, and the day was getting better with cooler winds.

I took the vehicle towards the direction the alarm came from. As it was absolutely calm, I asked the driver to move on. As we drove, one of my lady guests from Europe was breathlessly calling out, “Tiiiiger, Tiiiiiiiiiger!” I stopped the vehicle just to look in the direction the eyes and fingers pointed to. 40 meters from our vehicle, and to our right, was the big cat, a male Tiger, with a full belly, close to the bushes along the passage to the river.

Tiger at Kabini


He stopped for a while, and continued to gauge our movement and check whether we were going to rush towards him. But I made sure that my vehicle was quiet enough for the cat to approach us. And he did, walking straight to our vehicle, softly and gently, like a true king, without any pomp, glancing at us once in a while, and disappearing into the bushes.

 Tiger in Kabini

The Majestic Sighting!

The Whispers of the Whiskers
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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