Galleries - Wildlife of India
Big Cats of Rajasthan
Visiting Nepal in 1988, I was amazingly lucky spotting a tiger. I was atop an elephant when a cat leaped out of deep grass several yards ahead. The tiger gave one snarl and bounded off. A picture, forget about it. Total time was measured in single-digit seconds. So I wasn’t too optimistic including on a tour of Rajasthan stops at Ranthambore National Park, stronghold of tigers, and Castle Bera in leopard country.
Lo and behold, the first morning in Ranthambore, a mother and her two cubs treated us to a good half-hour display. At Castle Bera, homestead of the Thakur family and now run as a four-room hotel by the family’s last member, a mother leopard and her two cubs wandered around the rocky ridge of their den for a couple of hours at dusk and dawn. They shared the ridge with a couple of very cautious mongoose.
Did you know tigers have white spots on the backs of their ears?