Jungle Deodorant
29 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Kalyan Varma

Deodorants come in some of the snazziest packages these days, though the one found in Kabini takes the cake for being the most eye-catching and innovative. The rare Slender Loris is nature’s own odor-buster, one that keeps the forest smelling fresh by consuming the most noxious and smelly insects. This being the case, it’s funny […]

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Slender Loris, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 9 Comments »

The Hovercraft!
1 / Dec / 2010
Photographed by Kiran Poonacha

What would you consider the greatest virtue of a species whose very name conjures up visions of high speed diving attacks? Certainly not motionlessness, but that’s exactly what makes the Kestrel stand apart from all other raptors. If you’ve been to Kabini between October and March, you might have spotted a brown robed, smaller version […]

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Common Kestrel, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 29 Comments »

A Conversation with God
17 / Nov / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

When you wish to speak to a god, you need a language so elevated, it beseeches Him to listen. For the Kurubas, followers of the Hindu god Shiva and the original tribal inhabitants of Kabini, there can only be one medium of communication: dance! Shiva is the cosmic dancer of the Hindu pantheon, and while […]

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Kuruba Dance, Kabini | Posted in Culture | 11 Comments »

Britney Spears? So does the Darter!
20 / Oct / 2010
Photographed by Jayanth Sharma

Out in the jungles of Kabini, there exists a rock star like no other, a phenomenally successful performer who doesn’t believe in casting a wide net, but in transfixing his audience on the tip of his spear. Meet the Darter, Kabini’s spearman par compare, and discover how he captures the imagination (and his supper) with […]

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Darter, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 11 Comments »

The Kabini Philharmonic
22 / Sep / 2010
Photographed by Giri Cavale

Imagine a full scale orchestra playing in the middle of the jungle. Imagine discovering that the composer also happens to be all the musicians and instruments rolled into one. Such aural virtuosity is the sole preserve of one of Kabini’s most recognizable citizens: the Sloth Bear. If you choose to read between the notes, you’ll […]

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Sloth Bear, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 8 Comments »

Fight Club
24 / Aug / 2010
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

If a friend were to tell you about spotting a striped predator, prowling in the undergrowth near the water bodies of Kabini, the mind would immediately go to the majestic tiger that calls these jungles home. But there is another who has earned his stripes for valour beyond the call of duty, and is as […]

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Stripe-necked Mongoose, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 27 Comments »

Limited Edition Anniversary Model
11 / Aug / 2010
Photographed by Giri Cavale

Meet the most magnificent specimen that’s rolled out of God’s evolutionary factory. Custom built to be the ultimate moving force in his environment, the Royal Bengal Tiger of Nagarhole doesn’t just have looks that can kill, but the tools that can too. When you check out this model of feline grace and power, take your […]

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Tiger, Kabini | Posted in Mammals | 864 Comments »

Dancing in the rain
30 / Jun / 2010
Photographed by Sudhir Shivaram

Think of the monsoons and the mind goes to svelte Bollywood sirens gyrating to songs with a subliminal suggestion of fertility rites. At the very least, the mind’s eye conjures up images of the glitterati of the animal kingdom – those proud peacocks strutting their stuff and serenading the rains. One doesn’t often use the […]

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Elephant in the rain, Kabini | Posted in Landscapes | 22 Comments »

How to kill two birds with one stone!
16 / Jun / 2010
Photographed by Dr. Ajit Huilgol

Meet a bird that not only teaches us the virtue of waiting, but also how to perform seemingly impossible tricks: catching two fish with one beak, for starters. What we see in the picture is a large Grey Heron poised dramatically over a shallow stretch of the Kabini River, plunging his beak in as a […]

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Grey Heron, Kabini | Posted in Birds | 24 Comments »

The farmer who bites his cattle
19 / May / 2010
Photographed by Ganesh H. Shankar

The pastoral society of Kabini is the stage where an intrepid breed of farmers herds their cattle right under the noses of large predators who are none the wiser for the event. Perhaps it helps that the ‘cattle’, in this Lilliputian saga, are no larger than a grain of rice, and their minders aren’t much […]

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Honey ant and aphids, Kabini | Posted in Insects | 44 Comments »

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