1527-Animal Sanctuary – India

Nagarhole National Park, is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India. This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger reserve of India in 1999 and is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy predator-prey ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants. We rode about in jeeps looking for the well hidden bengal tiger. None had been seen for several weeks and thus many of the tourists were disappointed. We were coming to the end of our tour when over the radio came the best news. All the jeeps in the park sped to a distant viewing site. One solitary bengal tiger had appeared and all of the other animals in the park were aware. We viewed as long as we could until it disappeared into the brush. What a great day!

Shot this tiger at about 1,000 yards with my large lens.

Indian bison – this is what the tiger eats – about one per week.

Indian elephants. They are smaller than the African elephants.

Over 40,000 deer live in the park. We initially thought they were lunch for the tiger.
We learned that the Bengal Tiger doesn’t eat the deer, they are not enough food.
The tiger hunts the Indian bison.