Category Archives: Wildlife

Chitwan National Park – Postcards from Nepal: e-Book

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The Chitwan National Park was completely wild and a hunting ground of the Rana rulers until the 1950s. Guest lists included royalty and Who’s Who from Europe and India. The area was inhabited in pockets by the Tharus who had built a resistance to malaria, endemic to the region. In the 1950s, vast swathes of the forest were cleared to eradicate malaria and to settle people from the hills seeking better economic opportunities. However, such a large and sudden influx of people, mostly those who had not known how to live in harmony with the forest and its residents, led to greater man-animal conflicts. Poaching rose sharply – the number of rhinos declined from 800 to under 200, and tiger population also dipped dramatically.

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Manas National Park, Assam in India: e-Book

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Manas National Park in Assam is one of the richest and most beautiful of protected forests in India, and home to the maximum number of endangered animal species anywhere in the country. It is a designated reserve for the Tiger, the Rhinoceros and the Elephant – but spotting any is no less than a treasure hunt.

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Little Rann of Kutch, Gujarat in India: e-Book

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What do you do when you see miles of unbroken surface of dark silt, all bare and without a sign of life? You will no doubt be tempted to step on the gas in your SUV, hoping to catch the horizon. Do so by all means, kick mountains of dust with your tyres, and feel the thrill of driving in the Little Rann of Kutch – just mind the wildlife though!

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Great Rann of Kutch, Gujarat in India: e-Book

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Start driving from Bhuj and you will cover a highly fascinating route – giving you glimpses of the history, geographical features, culture and food of Gujarat in India. All in and around the Great Rann of Kutch, with no beginning and no end.

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Velavadar Blackbuck Sanctuary, Gujarat in India: e-Book

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Meeting Blackbucks, the Sweetest Ones

As far as sanctuaries go, Velavadar in Gujarat is the sweetest one. It is home to Blackbucks, beautiful members of the deer family. Velavadar has the highest concentration of the endangered Blackbuck anywhere. The open grasslands of Velavadar suit the Blackbucks just fine. The reserve has no predators like tigers and lions – leaving the animals largely free from danger. Romance blooms, and the population increases.

After Blackbucks, the highest population in Velavadar is of Indian Antelopes, known as Nilgai or Blue Bull. You can also expect to see Wild Boars, Hyenas, Wolves, Jungle Cats and many other species of animals and birds. Off the tourist circuit, visitors can enjoy the sights with minimal disturbance.

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