April 2014

Kaziranga National Park has always been famous among nature lovers for its rhinoceros population but has never really been known for tiger spotting. However, in recent times, the region has experienced a sudden surge in tiger activity and in the past one year, tiger sightings have been the highest in the Central zone of the National Park. This shall not really come as a surprise since the unique natural habitat of the area is extremely compatible with the existence of the tiger population. There are vast expanses of swampy grassland in Kaziranga with heavy growth of elephant grass and lots of water. This provides tigers with plenty of spots to hide in and locate prey. With an increase in the tiger population in Kaziranga the number of tourists setting foot here have also gone up, resulting in an increase in the explored area in the national park.

The border of Mukki and Kisali area seems to have become a hotspot for tiger activity in the past few months. Only last month, one of our guests on a trip to Kanha got a good view of five tigers together. The tigress was present with three of her cubs and the male tiger appeared some time later. This particular tigress seems to have marked her territory between the Mukki and the Kisali range. The Kisali area seems to have become the new home for two other tigresses and their cubs but they are both secretive in nature. Only a few tourists were able to catch a glimpse of them and efforts to track them have proved difficult due to their unpredictable nature.

Another interesting piece of tiger-related news comes directly from Ranthambore where T-19, the young daughter of tigress Machali, has finally been spotted with her cubs in tow. This is the first time that the cubs have been seen in the open. The mother was seen taking them, one at a time, towards Padam Tal (Lake)

According to reports from Ranthambore, T-19 has undergone some physical changes in the past few months. Forest officials state that T-19 delivered 3 cubs – two male cubs and one female – almost two years ago. They were named T-63, T-64 and T-65.