A Kabini afternoon…

Team CI
A. Lockwood
Elephant mothers are nervous of anything they perceive as a threat to their calves

Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

In the dry season before the monsoon, the grassy banks of the Kabini reservoir in the Nagarahole National Park in Karnataka, are witness to interesting interactions between different species.

The Nagarahole National park is well known for its impressive array of bird and mammal species.  Bordering the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, and the Bandipur National Park in Karnataka, the Kabini area of the park was once the private hunting ground of Mysore royalty.  In 1974, a dam built on the Kabini River resulted in the submergence of the valley between Nagarahole and Bandipur, causing ecological disruption.  However, today, the Kabini backwaters attract large herds of elephants in summer, when the water level recedes and fresh green grass springs up. The reservoir is also home to a population of mugger crocodiles, many which can be seen basking on its banks. This female elephant was obviously nervous of the crocodile’s presence and eventually chased it back into the water.

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