2014 in review

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Ranthambhore ( yet ) Again!

T19 & cub money- eye glint

T19 & family returning from feasting on a full grown Sambar deer, which they finished in less than a day

Back from yet another trip to Ranthambhore. Lately, it seems that I’m ‘visiting’ Delhi instead of the other way around. Not complaining though!
It has been especially satisfying to observe & photograph the ‘First Family’ of the park – T19 and her fast growing cubs over the numerous trips this year. With an abundance of males in the tourist zones recently, and a classic tiger sighting usually being a fleeting glimpse of a solitary cat, it seems rather strange to see both T19 and T39, raising their cubs, mostly in plain view of the visitors. Moms and cubs are everywhere. Hunting, feeding, eating, playing, nuzzling – to the delight of visitors and the army of photographers that camp there month after month.

From the many stories told by Fateh Singh and Valmik Thapar, when in the early 70’s it would take weeks to spot a single tiger in Ranthambhore and that too only at night, as the saying goes, we’ve come a long way, baby.

With all the bad news that constantly surrounds us on issues related to wildlife & conservation, it is nice to acknowledge all the good folks who have built and preserved Ranthambhore over the years and transformed it into this tiger paradise- at least for now.  Fingers crossed.

3 cubs in the air

the cubs playfully follow the mother

Noor cub in river bed

Noor’s ( T39 ) male cub relaxing in the winter sunshine of a december afternoon

Noor cub peering from behind tree

Noor’s male cub playing peekaboo with me.