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Kanha National Park: The best run protected area in India

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 posted by Bruce 10:07 AM

A tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh

‘Jamun Tola Male’ or T-24 drinking at a small natural waterhole early in the morning…!

If someone ever has an urge to visit one of the best ‘tiger reserves/national parks’ in India, pick Kanha in the southeast of Madhya Pradesh State. The forest department is commended for improving the visitation to the park by both local and international tourists, and my hat is off to them for implementing some great new measures.

‘Naina Female’ or T-76 coming straight at us…!

They have made it a regulation that all forest guides be equipped with a GPS (actually a smart phone with a GPS App.) The authorities can now check the speed limit which is 20 kms per hour and is strictly enforced. If a jeep goes off track or goes too fast, a tough lesson will be learned by both the driver and the guide. It is now very well organized and they pay attention as some have already been red-carded for excessive speed and other infringements. That means anywhere from a seven to fifteen-day suspension, or even longer. The drivers/guides now pretty well toe the line which keeps the dust down, and is much safer and more enjoyable then previously…!

T-24 crossing the road…!

While I was there this past February, sightings were down a bit but the department is creating fire lines by burning fallen leaves on the side of the road that somehow effects tiger sightings. I experienced this same thing in Pench National Park last year where they were doing the same thing burning leaves but now I realized for a good reason. I did not really think about it at the time and did not get any tiger sightings, but did hear several tigers roaring in the dense forest. The big cat just moved away from the road temporally. March is when they expedite this safety program to keep forest fire down to a minimum.

T-76 in the late afternoon just before closing time..!

However, I did get two tigers this time shown here; a female known as T-76 or ‘Naina’ in the afternoon as we were heading back to the gate. We stopped at a T-junction for few minutes and she popped out of the grasslands in front of us for some really great head-on shots. Then the next morning as we were motoring around, we bumped into a bunch of jeeps parked along one side of the road. We slipped into a space and were there for 10 minutes when a male tiger was seen rustling in the bushes directly across from us. He then sauntered down to a natural spring and stayed at the waterhole for more than 10 minutes slurping up a needed drink. I kept on shooting until he moved and in a few minutes, he popped out on the road and as he crossed, I got some good flanking shots of ‘T-24’ known locally as the ’Jamun Tola Male’…I was elated to say the least…!

So, my recommendation is: if you want a great visit with the possibility of seeing a tiger, go to Kanha as it is well worth the trip. Again, well done Forest Department Director and staff, and I look forward to future visits to India’s best run tiger reserve and national park. Every park in the country should now take note and follow suit, as most of the other ones continue to have serious problems with jeeps racing for position, and absolute mayhem when tigers are spotted. This will be tough to implement but given time, I’m hoping things will get better in the other tiger reserves scattered throughout India.





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Monday, February 26, 2018 posted by Bruce 10:22 PM

Jim Corbett’s spirit is alive and well

Paarwali tigress in the grass on my last morning in Corbett…!

I have been coming to India since 2013 when I made my first visit to Tadoba Anhari Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park situated in Maharashtra State…it is one of the best tiger reserves in the sub-continent and I managed to photograph seven tigers over nine days on that trip. This was the first of many trips to India after tigers.

A male tiger crossing the road near the grasslands close to Dhikala Camp…!

I have just returned from Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand State in the North, this being my 4th trip to one of India’s greatest protected areas. It is a stunning tiger reserve with many, many tigers. However, these predators like in most places, can be elusive and I was only able to catch one every trip for the first three years but I did get some stellar shots on those previous visits shown here.

Male tiger crossing the Ramnagar River on my 2nd morning in Corbett…!

This trip, I managed to get four tigers in three days in the Dhikala Zone. The first one was a male that crossed the road in front of our jeep near closing time in the grasslands. The second male tiger in mid-morning was caught crossing the Ramnagar River but at quite a distance. And on the third day in the morning, the very famous tigress, Paarwali and her male cub were seen in the rocky section of the river. They both made there way closer to us and then jumped across the road a short twenty meters away. It does not get any better than that…!

Paarwali crossing in front on my jeep on day three…!

So my count now is 44 tigers in India. I have set some camera traps in the Terai Landscape on private land near the Ramnagar River and look forward to seeing the big striped cat on my traps. Leopards, goral, serow, sambar, chital, wild pigs and elephant also frequent the area. Only time will tell but that is another story.  

Paarwali’s male cub jumping in front of our jeep on day three…!

A young tigress chasing after chital deer in the grasslands near to Dhikala Camp on my first trip to Corbett-2015…!

Paarwali tigress with a chital fawn kill on my 2nd trip to Corbett-2016…!

A male tiger crossing the road in the Sal forest near Dhikala Camp on my 3rd trip to Corbett-2017…!