Tourists choose to have a picnic right beneath a warning sign board in Bandipur National Park, on the Mysore-Ooty Road. A bonnet macaque interested in their food invites their wrath. The Karnataka Forest Department has marked this exact place as an elephant crossing zone.… Read More
Nilgai in Tadoba Fed by Humans
There is a Nilgai on the banks of the Tadoba Lake in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, which has been relocated from a zoo. The Nilgai is obviously used to human presence and humans feeding it. Hence the scene shown in the picture. Animals in forests may behave in various ways due to various reasons. The onus is actually on us to refrain from interacting with them in irresponsible and dangerous ways.… Read More
Road Rash in Tadoba
The car pictured here was being driven rashly in Tadoba on 30th March 2012. We had stopped for some spotted deer to cross the road, but the car in the picture did not. It overtook our stationary jeep and scared the deer in the process. It could have caused a road kill too.
Editor’s note: Also read Private Vehicles – Bane of Wildlife Tourism?
Private Vehicles – Bane of Wildlife Tourism?
Screeching tyres, engines revving noisily, exhausts spewing black smoke, horns blaring, cars cutting in front of each other, people shouting and even the odd bang or two. Sounds like normal urban India? Think again, this is a scene from a safari in the heart of a tiger reserve in Maharashtra!
Some tiger reserves allow private vehicles (albeit with a forest guide) for safaris. The drivers have no sensibilities on how to drive in a forest (we barely have any road … Read More