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.



6 thoughts on “Ranthambhore ( yet ) Again!

    • Thanks for your comment, Georgina. Ranthambhore is one of the few success stories, at least for now. If the apex predator is relatively save, so is almost everyone else. Thankfully even the vultures, which had been decimated the past couple of decades are making a comeback.

      • That will be good news and maybe if I return to India I can see some of these success stories. Was there in the 1980s teaching and there was an amazing variety of Birdlife then.

      • Well, there are a few, despite the tremendous pressure of human population on the wilderness areas. How long they will last is another story! : ) Not sure what you mean by teaching, but yes, the birdlife of Ranthambhore has always been amazing.

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