Wildlife Sightings


August 7th, 2014 by Venkatesh Kolappa

Wildlife Fascinations

It’s monsoon time, and the jungle reflects this totally. The bushes are thick and fully grown .  I was the guide on the morning drive in the National Park that day. We were lucky to sight  a  small  herd of Elephants, Sambar and a sounder of Wild Pigs. The guests were well-informed about the scene in the jungle.

I was fortunate to have Lokesh, a driver from Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Kabini. He also had an eye for wildlife. At one point, he stopped the vehicle and asked for binoculars, and then I knew that for sure, he had seen something.

A Leopard at Kabini

A Prized Sighting! Picture courtesy: Somashekhar

Instantly, he shouted out, “Leopard!” much to the guests’ delight. We all looked in the direction he pointed, and there was a leopardess lying on the fork of a tree. But a closer look through the binoculars, and we were equally delighted to see the kill, a Langur, hanging at her feet. But the Leopardess didn’t feed on the kill. Instead, she turned and rested facing the other side.

Leopard on a tree

Ever a Surprize! Picture courtesy: Somashekhar

Wildlife Fascinations
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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