The Wild Nation Series: Home to 1/8th of the world's wild tiger population, Nagarahole in Karnataka also hosts other enigmatic species. We bring the national park to your screens
Team Nature inFocus
Elusive felids, leopards would much rather spend their days hidden among the trees or within caves. Photograph: Vivek Sunder
The Wild Nation is an attempt to throw light on the colossal beauty of India's wilderness. Every month, we curate photographs from our community, of a specific region, showcasing its unique landscape, flora and fauna.
This time we take you into the forests of Nagarahole National Park. Home to more than 250 species of birds, 30 species of mammals as well as a large variety of reptiles and amphibians, Nagarahole in the state of Karnataka is a wildlife enthusiast's dream. Previously known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the forests of Nagarahole along with Bandipur are crucial tiger corridors and are an important habitat for the tiger populations of south India. As part of the Nagarahole-Bandipur-Mudumalai-Wayanad Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) of the Western Ghats, the region provides a safe haven for 1/8th of the world's wild tiger population.
Beyond tigers, the lands of Nagarahole are walked by several other enigmatic species. You will find the elusive leopard resting high up on a tree, an elephant herd drinking water from the Kabini backwaters, gaurs grazing in the thickets and deer galloping through the lush landscape. But there is one species that seems to build the most intrigue for this park; the black panther or the melanistic leopard. As soon as a sighting is mentioned on social media, the gates of Nagarahole are thronged by photographers in hopes of documenting the elusive cat.
Over the last month, we have received many such wonderful entries that showcase the well-known and the lesser-known inhabitants of Nagarahole. Sit back and enjoy the views as we bring the national park to your screens. A big shoutout to everyone who contributed to the #NagaraholeInFocus chapter of #TheWildNation. We will be travelling to many more interesting locations along with our photographers. Make sure to keep your eyes open for our monthly prompts. Alright now, off to Nagarahole!
Anirudh Vidyabhushan | Arvind Karthik
Karthik Rugvedi GR
Nandhagopan Potti Rajan
Thursday, 04 March, 2021
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