My friend who owns a small piece of land on the outskirts of Tumakuru is not new to the world of human-wildlife interactions. He respects wild animals, has been involved in many rescues himself, and is sensitive to their needs and space. But what he has been observing over the last few months makes him anxious. “I would spot sloth bears on farmlands at least thrice a week. We would often hear and witness villagers chasing, screaming and pelting stones at sloth bears. The animosity is very real. There is a growing intolerance towards leopards and bears here.”
How often do tigers attack and kill leopards? Or are a pack of wild dogs up for a stand-off with a tiger? There have been several such documented anecdotes in the past.
PAKKE TIGER RESERVE
Having failed in shaking off the relentless stare-down by the blazing September sun, we reached the guesthouse quite bronzed.The first thing I noticed was an elephant quietly foraging with its back to us, and it wasn’t the tame individual that’s held captive at the forest department. I was thrilled!
American biologist E O Wilson once said, “Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction.” In today’s world, people pay for these services (in an urban setup) generously, and yet, nature provides that same for free. How then, has it always been taken for granted?
Like always, this year too we travelled to a few a forests in South India by the end of year – firstly to visit all our favourite haunts, and secondly, to see how our fellow sapiens understand and treat their wild cousins. Errr… nothing much has changed really! Continue reading
Throughout the journey we were being followed by a heavy cloud… the breeze was carrying a whiff of faraway lands and springs… we could smell the rain all along. Continue reading
Mysore – its quaint charisma, the pleasant green cover, and the majestic monuments and buildings, clearly radiate an aura of stately yet simple living. Truly inviting. Continue reading