Wildlife at Banjaar Tola Tented Camp
Kanha is particularly renowned for its thriving population of the highly endangered hard water barasingha, a species of swamp deer that was brought back from the brink of extinction in the park.
With its rusty red coat, white markings and black stripes, the tiger is perhaps the most glamorous jungle animal. A rare species, tigers are highly territorial and solitary. The dense jungle they favour and their exceptional camouflage makes them notoriously difficult to spot. However, a glimpse of this beautiful animal in the wild is a truly rewarding sight. Tigers will only inhabit territory where plenty of prey is found, and prefer to hunt at night, rarely being spotted stalking their prey. During the heat of the Indian day, they may be seen cooling off in pools or rivers and are excellent swimmers.
Another of Kanha's predators is the Indian wild dog or dhole. While its large, round ears are similar to its African cousin, its colouring is distinct, with a reddish brown back and flanks, and white or ginger neck, chest and belly.
Wild dogs are highly social animals, living in organised family groups with a strict social hierarchy. The dominant pair in the pack are usually the sole breeders, although most of the other adults will help feed the young. Pack members bond through playing and mock-fighting, as well as grooming each other. The wild dog's extraordinary vocal range ensures close communication within the pack. They are often called whistling hunters due to their extremely high pitched calls.
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