Ambushing a Tiger - Story of a Teamwork with 2 Gypsies & what ails Bandhavgad today.

#31 Jan 5th, 2012, 13:59
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I am interested to join you for Bandhavgarh in 2012. Please let me know if you have a place for me.

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Originally Posted by Prosen249 View Post I am interested to join you for Bandhavgarh in 2012. Please let me know if you have a place for me.

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I will be going in Jan over the Republic day weekend if you are interested. you can send me a PM. but i think you will need to post at least a few more times on indiamike if you wish to use the PM facility.
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Hi,

@abheekg, Is your information provided by you about the current situation of Bandhavgarh valid? I doubt it and looks like you have incomplete info about the Bandhavgarh national park. You have missed out many of the adult tigers which reside in Tala, magadhi, Khituali and Panpatha range.

One shouldn't post incomplete info about a national park.

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I do not have PM facility yet. Actually I am new to IM. Can you please reply with the tour details (viz. start date, return date, approximate budget etc).
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@Rishi, Yes I am interested. I need to plan ahead of the schedule date to make the trip possible. So, kindly revert back with all the details ASAP. Also, I plan to travel by train. So please let me the nearest railway station and approximate budget.

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#37 May 2nd, 2012, 15:48
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Bandhavgad has been rejuvenated - next monitoring visit soon

A lot of water has flown over the last 6 months since news came in of new cubs for Kankati. The new cubs have not only grown big but have grown very bold and are being seen regularly as being reported by guides from Bandhavgad. My friend Mukesh sent me these pics shot by him and some of his guests over the last few months.


@imtiaz: You will have to understand that this is a running documentary on the changing condition at the park over many seasons and as such there will be something here which will need to be updated from time to time. Please feel free to add to this repository and help our members get the best information.

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All photographs copyright respective photographers.

Currently the following tigers are being regularly seen in respective zones.

Tala zone :


1) Bamera male - on and off whenever he is in Tala to patrol his territory.
2) Kankati and cubs - giving very regular sightings
3) Banbei female with cubs

The Mahaman female and her cubs are not being seen of late. About 6 months back they were very actively seen on A route. We will have to investigate the reason for the change in behaviour of this family.

In Magdhi zone :


1) Mukunda male, whos photo I posted from our last monitoring trip is slowly establishing a territory of his own. His territory overlaps that of Bamera partly but there has been no news of infighting between the 2 male tigers of late.

2) The Sukhi Patiya female (mother of mukunda male) and her cubs are again not being seen. this is again a worrying news. With all the tourists rushing off to the areas where there are regular tiger sightings, these aras (Sukhi patiya area and Mahaman area) are not getting monitored at all and as a result we are unable to get a precise idea of what is happening.

Elsewhere, Bokha is also not being seen. I reckon that with the growing might of Bamera, Bokha might have been pushed out to Khitauli range. There is also no sign of the Orphaned Chorbehera cubs.

So, while there has definitely been a paradigm shift in the fortunes of some Tigers at bandhavgad, some Tigers have gone missing or are not being monitored well. Also the problems of human encroachment and villages on the boundary of the park continue to remain and the government has not done anything to remove these human pressures on the Tigers.

While we should be happy that bandhavgad tigers have shown sheer resilence in trying to bounce back in face of serious issues that I had mentioned a year back (most importantly LIMITED GENE POOL) , we should be wary at the same time of history repeating itself because of the presence of villages, unabated gazing of cattle inside the park and other pressures on the Tigers.

We have decided to launch another Tiger monitoring expedition to Bandhavgad in the last week of May and the first week of June to see the actual state of affairs with our own eyes. We will be also distributing Solar Lanterns to about 100 village homes (not around Tala as we don't want to encourage them to stay back there) but this time to much needy tribals living in the deep interiors of Rewa. We will be also monitoring the wolf populations which we were successful in documenting in our last visit. And apart from all this we will be actively volunteering on the field for a UK based organisation for some of their data collection.

Dr. A Ghosh
dr.ghosh @ gmail.com

P.S : We will be conducting Tiger census next weekend (5-6 May) at some of our monitoring sites in central India. While nobody will be able to participate for this activity as it will be a problem in obtaining necessary permission and clearances from FD at the last hour, I look forward to members interested who can help us in our field surveys and scat collection drives that we will continue conducting over the next 4-5 months (till the end of monsoon)

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#38 May 3rd, 2012, 09:53
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It seems that there was a report of death of another tiger from magdhi zone which I had missede. Here's the TOI report link http://www.articles.timesofindia.ind...avgarh-reserve . And this death was reported by tourists.

Monitoring of the parks has become the defacto responsibility of wildlife lovers visiting the parks.

Dr. A Ghosh
#39 May 6th, 2012, 04:30
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Hello Abheek

I'm very sorry that I didn't reply to your post last year - I have spent very little time on IM recently. It seems there have been some interesting changes over the last year or so. Do let us know how your May visit has gone.

V and I are hoping to be in India in October this year - would that tie in with any of your plans?

By all means PM me if you wish - it might mean I am less likely to miss a post!

Best wishes
Mike
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All photographs copyright respective photographers.
Wouldn't it be good to specifically name whose images are being used? I assume it is with their permission.

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Currently the following tigers are being regularly seen in respective zones.

Tala zone :


1) Bamera male - on and off whenever he is in Tala to patrol his territory.
2) Kankati and cubs - giving very regular sightings
3) Banbei female with cubs
Also the Rajbehra female is in the Tala zone and her area also covers some part of Magdhi zone

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Originally Posted by abheekg View Post The Mahaman female and her cubs are not being seen of late. About 6 months back they were very actively seen on A route. We will have to investigate the reason for the change in behaviour of this family.
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You just quoted a news below about a dead tiger in the Magdhi zone. Isn't that one of Mahaman's male cub?

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In Magdhi zone

1) Mukunda male, whos photo I posted from our last monitoring trip is slowly establishing a territory of his own. His territory overlaps that of Bamera partly but there has been no news of infighting between the 2 male tigers of late.
Are you aware that there are almost 6 male tigers in this zone? Mukunda and his brother, there is the blue eyed tiger, Chorbehra male, Bokha and one new large male who have been sighted. This is apart from the Bamera female's cub who is in the enclosure and almost 3 years old now. There is some infighting going on to establish the territory since the blue eyed tiger's images have some signs of cuts and fighting.

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Originally Posted by abheekg View Post 2) The Sukhi Patiya female (mother of mukunda male) and her cubs are again not being seen. this is again a worrying news. With all the tourists rushing off to the areas where there are regular tiger sightings, these aras (Sukhi patiya area and Mahaman area) are not getting monitored at all and as a result we are unable to get a precise idea of what is happening.
Sukhi Patiya female is very much there and has been sighted pretty recently.

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Elsewhere, Bokha is also not being seen. I reckon that with the growing might of Bamera, Bokha might have been pushed out to Khitauli range. There is also no sign of the Orphaned Chorbehera cubs.
Bokha is also very much around and has been injured in a fight. He was treated in March and was again sighted thereafter and seemed healthier.

I agree with Imtiaz. For someone who is close to this reserve and supposedly talks to guys like Mukesh Burman on the ground, your information is very inadequate.
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