Sharad Kumar Vats

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  1. You are right @Dipa123 that the safaris get full very quickly. This is because there are very limited safari permits now, and the demand is very high. So whoever plans the safaris atleast 120 days before is able to secure the permits comfortably. Anything less than 120 days is taking a chance. 4 years back it was very easy to get safari permits, but after the Supreme Court reduced the number of vehicles after calculating the carrying capacity of the national parks things are not the same. In a way it is good for wildlife as now only people who plan earlier are able to get the permits and yes the human imprint on the forests has reduced. Regards Sharad
  2. You are right, it is concerning, though lower today than Africa but our numbers too are much lower, hence the risk is much higher. Our human population, being a developing country, destruction happening everywhere, highways being built, forests being cut, dams being built. It is unfortunate that wildlife has to take the brunt for nothing that they demand, desire or need. Elephant poaching cases are not such a big concern as the train accidents. I just fail to understand how can a train driver miss such a huge mammal on the tracks. And it is not that they just appear on the tracks. They are usually crossing the tracks in their migration route or their corridors. The railways is much aware and so are the driver told to be cautious in these areas. There is a speed limit as well in such areas for the train to pass, all it requires is a bit of caution, even that seems to be thrown to the winds. Having said and accepted all this, it is still incredible that despite all this, wildlife has managed to survive in India. Infact some key species numbers have gone up. Tigers, Rhinos, and Lions have actually seen an increase in population. There is concentrated effort in the direction. Only if help comes from all quarters will it be so much easy. It is like in a team sport where everyone must contribute. If one does well, and the other falters it does no good for the team. So it is in conservation.
  3. This is to inform all that the online safari bookings have commenced for all national parks for safaris starting next month. The bookings have opened much late this year in central Indian parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Panna, Pench, Satpura. The permits are few so decide soon if you plan to do safari before end of December 2017. If you are looking at best time for safaris in India then i recommend March-May. Though May gets real hot, about 45 degree celsius during the days but the Tiger sightings improve considerably this month. So, if you can brave the weather then travel in April, May. For a photographer and a wildlife lover every month is good. So choose time convenient to you and plan soon if you wish to travel to India for safaris in next few months.
  4. Oh yes, Kanha has been a pioneer in such conservation efforts. The Hard ground Swamp Deer, followed by shifting of the Tigress to Panna to start the Tiger program again there. Then the relocation of Indian Gaur from Kanha to Bandhavgarh 4 years back. Subsequently the Hard Ground Swamp Deer relocated from Kanha to Satpura. And lately about 750 spotted deers successfully translocated to Phen Wildlife Sanctuary. So a lot is being done in Kanha. Fortunately all has been well in these endeavors.
  5. @@wilddog Sure it is a huge consolation, and perhaps the most apt way for Tigers to go down is fighting. Guess, such deaths are also important as only the best genes should be passed on, it is only good for the survival of the Tigers.
  6. @Atravelynn; i have tried this numerous times on Tigers and it works always. Sending positive thoughts works on all living beings i guess.
  7. @@Atravelynn..unfortunately he did not leave any cubs behind. But his sibling is doing well in another zone of Kanha. He is popularly known as Bajrang. My personal experience has been that nervous energy disturbs the big cats. Have noticed the same on a few occasions. And there are times when one sends positive vibes internally and the big cats get close without any worries.
  8. @@twaffle indeed a satisfying way for a predator to go like this than human inflicted ways. Glad you liked the image.
  9. It is never an easy feeling when you hear about your favorite Tiger dying for reasons beyond anyone's control. One tends to develop a bond with Tigers whom you have been seeing for some seasons. Seems as if those Tigers also know you. Then one fine day you hear about a Tiger found injured, and despite best efforts by the forest department he passes away. This is exactly what happened with Bheema a big male Tiger in Kanha. He got into a mortal combat with another of my favorite Tiger who also happens to be currently the biggest Tiger of central India, the Umarpani male and it proved to be his last fight. Tigers are born to fight, they live to fight and fight to live. And they die fighting. Please read the below link to know about Bheema the big male Tiger of Kanha. http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/bheema-peaceful-warrior-kanha-national-park-passes-away/ Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  10. Strictly my view, but arrived having seen many Tigers over 28 years of safaris in various parks of India. It was not easy to arrive at this decision but not a difficult one either. In the current Tigers in the Wild it is Umarpani Male in Kanha National Park who will get crowned as the largest Tiger in central India. Son of Legendary Munna, and Umarpani female, he is a huge Tiger who has outsized his parents, and is all set to takeover reins from his father as King of Kanha. Read the link below to know about him and his competition today. http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/biggest-tiger-central-india/ Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  11. The new Tiger safari season has commenced from 1st October. Some real exciting news has come from Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Ranthambhore and Satpura to beginwith. The news of first phenomenal Tiger sighting came from Kanha this year. On October 1 in the morning safari, Chotta Munna was seen walking from district line. He is the son of legendary Munna. What surprised everyone was his sheer size when he stood against a tree to mark his territory. While he continued to walk, the vehicles continued to reverse. After quite a while he changed course and went towards Chotta chatapatra. Some of the experienced guides knew exactly from where he would come out, and reached that spot. Their experience paid dividends when Chotta Munna appeared from the said trail at the time they anticipated him to come out. Sightings during a safari is not purely luck. When you have experienced guides, and drivers accompanying you in your vehicle then it is a lot of science, mathematics, and the jungle knowledge. While some tourists were happy with Chotta Munna’s sightings less did they know that another big surprise was about to unfold in front of their eyes. Bheema, the peaceful warrior, emerged in the Junglescape. He seemed to be following a scent mark. Was he following Chotta Munna? The naturalists around did not take long to guess that indeed he was on Chotta Munna’s prowl. Their fights over last two years has still not ended. Chotta Munna at a budding, youthful, but an inexperienced age of 4, had challenged the mighty Bheema at a competent and seasoned age of 6. Bheema’s efficiency overshadowed the over-confidence of Chotta Munna, and he has repeatedly got Chotta Munna to retreat. But the dominating genes of Chotta Munna remind him not to let go, and he comes back to challenge Bheema quite repeatedly. So far, he has retreated regularly, but he has lately learnt now to avoid injuries in such skirmishes, and simultaneously inject injuries on his opponent. Chotta Munna is surely more richer now having learnt that what does not kill you, makes your stronger. It seemed that this territorial tug to establish one’s supremacy left some marks around the neck of Bheema. The claws and canine mark around his neck would have also left an indelible scar on Bheema’s mind to either start relinquishing his domain, or be prepared for an inevitable duel in not so distant future. Happy were those who saw this scene on 1st October. To read more on safaris in Bandhavgarh, Ranthambhore, ad Satpura click the link below: http://www.naturesafariindia.com/blog/safaris-in-the-national-parks-of-india/ Best Wishes Sharad Vats To know more details read the link below
  12. In a pioneering effort by the management of Bandhavgarh National Park, they have come out with a book containing photos of the Tigers of Bandhavgarh. The book has photos of 24 Tigers form the core zone of Bandhavgarh. So next time your are in Bandhavgarh pick up this book from the resort you are staying in, or from the Forest nature Shop. For more details, click on the link below: http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/jeep-safari-in-bandhavgarh/ Best Wishes Sharad
  13. For all those who have followed Tigers of Kanha over the years, know that there is something unique and very interesting happening in the Mukki zone of Kanha National Park for last two seasons. There are FOUR big male Tigers, all adults, who have made Mukki zone their home. This has been absolutely unprecedented. Mukki was always known for Tigresses with cubs, and maybe an odd male transient Tiger showing up. But what seemed to be a fluke two years back has now settled well. The four big adult males have kind of accepted each other in a relatively small area. Last year did some some fights between the big four, namely, Umarpani Male, Bheema, Kingfisher and Link 7 male. There were fights, there were injuries, but they all have survived well. What surprised many was that towards the end of last season they had also sired some cubs, which hopefully should start showing up when the park reopens in October 2016. Everyone has fingers crossed and praying that hopefully nothing untoward has happened in the last 3 months when the park has been closed for monsoon. The safari permits are limited, and booked 120 days prior to your safari date. So wait now, go right ahead and book yourself into Mukki zone of Kanha to see some spectacular male Tiger sightings in the coming season too. Sharing the images of the Big Four of Mukki. 1. Kingfisher Male 2. Umarpani Male 3. Link 7 Male 4. Bheema Male Book yourself soon to catch some amazing sightings in Kanha in the coming season. Best Wishes Sharad Vats
  14. @@wilddog In my opinion, if you are covering a specific Tiger, or are doing a documentary film, then it makes sense to do a full day safari. Or, if you are a professional photographer then also it makes sense to do a full day safari. Otherwise, it is just too much of money going for just 4 extra hours inside the park. Just calculate how many safaris you can do extra in this Rs. 50000. Atleast 7 exclusive safaris, and if shared about 11. Which means atleast 25 hours of extra exclusive safaris, or 38 hours of shared safaris. Do you want extra 4 hours in Rs 50000 or extra 25-38 hours? What is better, i leave to you to decide. I think you will get many more opportunities to shoot Tigers if you do extra safaris, than one full day safari.
  15. The caption might sound unrealistic, but the ground reality today is, that there are some serious efforts in the direction. The captioned statement is made by our new Environment Minister. Honestly, i am not sure if this will happen, but i quite like the confidence, intent, and positivity in his approach There are things beginning to happen on the ground, and i would like to believe the old saying, that, "We should aim for the moon, because even if we miss we will be among the stars". So, even if the population does not reach the intended double mark, but it will be at a good high. To know as to what is being done on the ground click on the link below to know more: http://naturesafariindia.com/blog/tiger-population-to-double-by-2022-in-india/ I sincerely hope that this happens. Best Wishes Sharad Vats http://www.naturesafariindia.com

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