The Mammals, and other creatures, of Kabini: 14 and 150511

The creatures of Kabini…well, the large ones are what I am talking about here (remember the yellow-thighed tarantula that I photographed in

this post

or the Southern Birdwing?

Well, anyway…the larger creatures of Kabini come in an astonishing variety of sizes and shapes, too. I think the one mammal that everyone goes to Kabini to see is the

ASIAN ELEPHANT:

(not much chance of seeing an African one here, I must add)

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These majestic animals can be found in herds, especially on the banks of the backwaters:

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Here’s another magnificient tusker:

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Of course, it’s several people’s ultimate dream to be able to sight a big cat. On the first safari, we got a sighting of an

INDIAN LEOPARD

rather far away in the forest:

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It stayed there until we saw it again on our way back from the safari, and then slowly moved off:

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Several jeeps were able to get a glimpse of the animal:

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More shots of our second leopard sighting, which was far closer, are

here

One of the animals that acts as a “Early Warning System” of the forest, giving alarm calls at the nearness of any big cat, is the

HANUMAN LANGUR

…here are two, at a salt lick; you can see one actually licking!

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It was great watching this one actually bringing a figure of speech to life…”showing a clean pair of heels” is to run away…and that’s exactly what this one is doing!

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Several times, we spotted the

MALABAR GIANT SQUIRREL

in the canopy…can you spot it in this distant shot?

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The

SAMBAR

is a variety of deer which has a glandular secretion in its neck:

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Here’e another one. a young male showing the antler buds:

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The

GAUR

or wild bison, are also seen in both the jungle and the river banks:

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Here’s a young one, taken as our jeep lurched forward over rough terrain:

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And an adult, reaching up to the leaves to feed:

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When near the backwaters, it was lovely to watch many animals at once, in such mixed groups:

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A particularly lovely sighting for me, this time, was being able to watch a

SMOOTH-COATED (RIVER) OTTER

at work, catching its breakfast.

Here’s the first sight of this streamlined animal:

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Off into the water it went:

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The meal was caught:

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And devoured…watch those canines!

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This

WILD BOAR

was one of the several that we were able to see:

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A reptile which we all like to see from a safer distance than all the others, is the

CROCODILE

and here’s a large specimen, with a cormorant giving it company:

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Of course, I cannot miss out the mammal that also tries to live in these forest areas; here are the people of the Kabini region, who try to make their livelihood and are in constant conflict with the wildlife:

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I’ll conclude with the only mammal that goes to considerable effort and expense to go and watch other creatures…the Wildlife Tourist!

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I’ve posted about the people and places on the Kabini trip on my Facebook page

here

and more photographs of the mammals are

here

More photographs of the Otter are

here

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