a lion sitting in the forest

When on a safari in the Gir National Park, there’s simply so much to look forward to. Our Naturalist Piyush shares a few of his favourite highlights.

Khada Ness is about a century-old Maldhari Ness in the Gir National Park. This pastoral society lives a simple life; they live in small mud houses located deep in the forests. Maldharis are cattle shepherds and earn a living by selling dairy products, majorly milk. This community strongly believes in enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Their peaceful coexistence with the Asiatic lions in the park is what makes it a one-of-a-kind story, indeed.

an old man sitting on a branch
view of a shed with greenery all around

A common misconception - most of us think of termite mounds as snake homes but these are homes built by termites and they live in colonies. Colonies are divided into three main types: Workers: to find food, Soldiers: to defend the nest; and Queens: to reproduce and lay eggs.

More importantly, termites feed on dead and decaying organic matter like logs and dead wood in a forest. They form an important link in the recycling of nutrients in the forests by breaking down wood and organic residues on the ground, which would otherwise take years to decay by microbes.

view of a forest
view of a rock with two holes on it

On a recent game drive, a lot of fascinating creatures captured my attention. Let me take you through my collection:


Barbet Calling

a Changeable Hawk Eagle sitting on a branch


Changeable Hawk Eagle

Siberian Stone Chat sitting on a branch


Siberian Stone Chat

2 Brown Fish Owls sitting on a branch of a tree


Brown Fish Owl

an Indian Vulture flying in the sky


Indian Vulture

a Stone Curfew standing


Stone Curfew

 a Woolly Necked Stork standing


Woolly Necked Stork

a Greater Painted Snipe standing amidst greenery


Greater Painted Snipe

an Indian Golden Jackal sitting in the middle of a forest trail


Indian Golden Jackal

Webbing of a funnel web spider amongst leaf litter


Webbing of a funnel web spider amongst leaf litter

Bhilo & Kanio – the two males who have been named after their territory by their trackers. These two sibling males rest, hunt and feed together, as well as mark territories and hold the area.

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