I went on an evening drive to the Nagarhole National Park recently. The monsoon is almost over and the weather is changing gradually, heralding the arrival of winter. As it was a very warm day, I decided to take my chances close to the waterholes, but wasn’t lucky though. During the drive, we made good sightings of a herd of Gaur, three Tuskers, a female Elephant that was carrying, and mock charged at us! Towards the end, we were lucky to spot a male Leopard resting on a tree.
The best moment of the drive was when we sighted the herd of Gaur which had seven adults, among which one was a male and two little calves. One of the cows was a bit anxious and was looking at us continuously just a few meters away from the vehicle. This was a breath-taking experience as the herd was very close to the road where our vehicle was parked. After a while, another member of the herd was alerted. With its head raised high, he looked in the direction were he noticed the arrival of another safari vehicle.
The Indian Gaur is the largest species of wild cattle that both grazes and browses fruits, twigs, the barks of various woody trees, coarse dry grasses, and bamboo. The Western Ghats and their surrounding hills in Southern India constitute one of the most extensive extant strongholds of Gaur, with good numbers in the Wynaad, Nagarhole, Mudumalai and the Bandipur regions.