Tadoba – Water Bodies

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is one of the most sought after tiger-sighting and watching destinations in India. Tadoba is a wonderful habitat and the state flagship tiger reserve. Its most important asset is its ever present water resource in a geographical area that is a byword for water scarcity. It has a wealth of water bodies and lakes, both big and small, and the whole area is drained by the Irai and Andhari rivers, with the Tadoba draining into the Irai reservoir. 

Reflections on the Lake

Tadoba – Langurs

Gray langurs, also called Hanuman langurs and Hanuman monkeys, are Old World monkeys native to the Indian subcontinent. The langurs make great sentinels given their elevation in the tree tops and raise an alarm at the first sign of danger (especially from tigers). They are also a provider of fresh fruit and flowers as they feed in their trademark untidy manner, generously dropping the same for the chitals (spotted deer) to enjoy. 

Here are langur images from Tadoba National Park, India.

Langur Hugging a Tree
Langur Focused

Tadoba – Birds

The existence of River Andhari inside the Tadoba National Park in India gives way to a wide diversity of water birds, and raptors. There are approximately 195 species of birds that have been recorded in the park, including three endangered species, including the grey-headed fish eagle, the crested serpent eagle, and the changeable hawk-eagle. Not a big bird watcher, but captured some bird images in the park.

Facing Away
Bird Silhouette
Indian Black Ibis

Tadoba – Spotted Deer

The spotted deer, or chital, is the most common deer species in Indian forests. With a lifespan of about 20 to 30 years, it stands at about 35 inches tall and weighs about 187 pounds. The deer’s golden-rufus coloring is speckled with white spots, and it has a white underbelly.

Here is an image of female spotted deer in the deep forest of Tadoba National Park, India.

Deer Deep in the Woods

Tadoba – Gaur

The gaur, also known as the Indian bison, is a bovine native to South Asia and Southeast Asia. The gaur has been recognized by wild life experts as the largest of all wild cattle, bigger even than Asian wild Water Buffalo and American Bison. A gaur herd includes females and one dominant male. Bulls often congregate into bachelor herds while older males occasionally prefer living solitarily. 

Here is a gaur in Tadoba National Park, India.

Gaur with Broken Horn
Gaur at Tadoba

Tadoba – Female Sambar Deer

Sambar deer are light brown or dark with a grayish or yellowish tinge. Despite their lack of antlers, female sambar readily defend their young from most predators, which is relatively unusual among deer. 

These female and young sambar deer were captured in Tadoba National Park, India. 

Female Sambars Posing
A Sambar Family

Tadoba – Male Sambar Deer

The sambar is a large deer native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia that is listed as a vulnerable species. Deer is a group of mammals with more than 60 extant species, whereas Sambar is one particular species of deer with eight subspecies. The male sambar bears long, three-tined (or pronged) antlers. Here are images of the male sambar in Tadoba National Park.

Male Sambar Collage

Visiting Tadoba Tiger Reserve

Located in the state of Maharashtra, India, the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of India’s preeminent reserves. Its tropical dry deciduous forest ecosystem harbors at least 80 tigers, and there are over 200 tigers in the larger landscape. This is known to be the fastest-growing tiger population in the country. Tadoba also supports several other carnivore species, including the leopard and dhole, with the sambar, chital, wild pig and gaur being the most common prey species.

We went on four safaris, but could not spot tigers due to the abundance of available water from the rains, and tall grass and dense vegetation providing hiding spaces. Will post images of the other wildlife that we captured.

A Path Through the Jungle