Who put the elephant in, who helped her out?

Posted By ganesh / October, 25, 2014 / 4 comments

It was that time of the year again, when elephants slowly started marking their presence. Like every year, there were incidents of households getting hit here and there, thankfully, nothing major though. What is always interesting to note every year is the consistency they maintain in terms of their movement patterns, and also in the…

My wild dog diary

Posted By ganesh / September, 19, 2013 / 1 comments

In the ten months I spent in Biligiriranga Hills, working with Gorukana, I hardly got good opportunities to watch wild dogs. Although I was in a location surrounded by forest, most of my wild dog sightings lasted only a few seconds. Only once, I considered myself very lucky when I got to watch a pack…

Trinket in the house

Posted By ganesh / September, 9, 2013 / 7 comments

I got a call this morning from Muthu saying there was snake in his house and he needed help. I met Muthu over a year ago and had shared my number when I visited his locality when the elephants had hit his ration shop behind his house. I am used to receiving calls  about elephants…

Few hours with a gaur calf

Posted By ganesh / May, 6, 2013 / 1 comments

I was about to leave the base camp at Valparai when few people came to the door and called out. They all spoke excitedly and it took me a while to realize that they had a gaur calf with them! The calf had been spotted all by itself close to the lines and they decided…

The Gaur and the Gourmands

Posted By ganesh / January, 21, 2013 / 4 comments

Nothing in nature goes to waste. This was what we documented by setting up a camera-trap at the carcass of a dead gaur. On 23 December 2012, the staff of the Tamil Nadu Forest Department found a dead young adult gaur on the boundary of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve and a tea plantation. In the past,…

Elephants Discipline

Posted By ganesh / November, 16, 2012 / 6 comments

A new herd had been spotted and I got news that the herd was out in the open. I rushed to the spot as soon as I could and found the herd in a swamp surrounded by tea. It was 5 pm and the sun was going down casting a blanket of gold on everything…


Posted By ganesh / October, 14, 2012 / 24 comments

After the NCF annual meet I returned to Valparai. It was the 31st of July and I was to leave for Bangalore that evening. I got a call saying that one of the herds that we have been following is out in the open and a female had given birth that morning! Elephant herd in…

Scarred Rosettes

Posted By ganesh / August, 15, 2012 / 3 comments

  Anand my colleague and scientist with Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) informed me that a leopard had been caught at a small town called Mudis in a trap set by the forest department as a solution for the recent attack on a young girl (luckily it was a minor injury) by a leopard and we were to go there….

Did the Cow really kill the Tiger?

Posted By ganesh / June, 4, 2012 / 38 comments

I had just returned to the Anamalai Hills from Bangalore. The next morning a phone call shocked me. The voice said: a tiger is sitting close to a house and a large number of people are gathered to watch it. I did not believe it at first. A tiger in Valparai? Near a cardamom plantation?…