Spot the Fawn in the Picture!
2 / Apr / 2014
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Now you see him; now you don’t! He may be barely a few weeks old, and look as cute as a button, but that’s only when you manage to spot him (please don’t tell us he was born ‘spotted’; we’ve only heard that one 13774 times). For, the young Fawn is a champion hide-n-seeker. Of […]

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Fawn, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 4 Comments »

Oh My Gaur!
8 / Jan / 2014
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

It’s a cow… it’s a battle-tank… it’s Supercow! It has powers other cows don’t, and is from a hidden world beginning with ‘K’. Presenting the world’s largest, strongest specimen of wild cattle, the superhero of Kabini, the ‘Gaur’! Clad in all black, with white stockings and a black dewlap-cape hanging between his forelegs, and a […]

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Gaur, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 6 Comments »

The Kabini Armoured Corps!
22 / Aug / 2013
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

Gone are the days of Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and other knights in shining armour. When you think of armour today, the mind can’t go beyond those mainstays of modern armies: Main Battle Tanks! Think WW2, and you think of Panzers steam-rolling Europe; names like Sherman, Patton, Tiger and Centurion roll off the tongue with […]

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Pangolin, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 5 Comments »

Momma’s Boy!
27 / Feb / 2013
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

If we polled our fair women readers, chances are a high percentage will claim that men never grow up, and are metaphorically attached to their momma’s skirts. We men can take solace from the fact that we aren’t alone in this particular affliction. In Kabini, there exists a lad who’s the biggest baby of them […]

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Elephant Calf, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 12 Comments »

The Kabini Underwater Construction Company!
20 / Dec / 2012
Photographed by Jose Ramapuram

The Kabini Dam is often in the news, holding, as it does, the status of a gatekeeper of the economic fortunes of competing agrarian states. But, far below the swirling eddies of riverine politics, there is another, more pristine ecosystem at work. This is the world of miniature dams and tunnels, a world that exists […]

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Smooth-coated otter, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 2 Comments »

The Hummingbird with Nine Lives!
31 / Oct / 2012
Photographed by Santosh Saligram

He’s small. He’s hyperactive. He’s highly agile. And he spends most of his day high up on a tree. It is these qualities that have given the Rusty Spotted Cat of Kabini the label of ‘Hummingbird of the Cat Family’. The smallest known wild cat in the world, this beautiful little bundle of energy is […]

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Rusty-spotted cat, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 4 Comments »

The Day of the Jackal
29 / Aug / 2012
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Bibliophiles and cinema buffs have long known ‘The Jackal’ as a furtive killer whose presence is felt only after he’s gone, leaving in his wake, a dead body or two (the real Jackal, though, doesn’t believe in leaving dead bodies behind, as we shall see). One doesn’t know if, Carlos the Jackal, the most famously […]

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Jackal, Coorg | Posted in Mammals | 13 Comments »

A Picture is Worth 5000 Years!
13 / Jun / 2012
Photographed by Dr. Bishan Monnappa

It’s a bond that has endured over 5000 years, through epochal moments in history and eras of relative calm that lay between the seismic cultural faults that defined human civilization. In fact, Eric Scigliano, in his iconic tome on the ‘man-animal’ bond, has propounded the theory that elephants may have been ‘nursemaids’ to human evolution, […]

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Man and Elephant, Kabini | Posted in Culture, Mammals | 14 Comments »

The Family Tree
7 / Sep / 2011
Photographed by Vikram Huilgol

Brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, cousins; you’ll find every branch of the Leopard family living, quite literally, on a branch…totally at home in a comfy tree-house in Kabini. But that isn’t the only reason why leopards tower above the rest in the big cat stakes. They are considered the most complete cats as they are adaptive […]

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Leopard, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 481 Comments »

Sambar for the Carnivorous Soul
4 / May / 2011
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Tigers must definitely have South Indian sensibilities. For, their favourite meal is the Sambar, a staple of every self-respecting South Indian kitchen. But while the original Sambar is a soupy lentil concoction, the dish featured here is a large serving of meat on the hoof. The Sambar, featured above, definitely boasts more Deer per Deer, […]

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Sambar Deer, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 6 Comments »

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