Wildlife at Mahua Khoti Jungle Lodge
With its rusty red coat, white markings and black stripes, the tiger is perhaps the most glamorous jungle animal.
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.
The elegant spotted chital deer are endemic to India and found in Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka as well as Pakistan. Golden brown in colour, with big eyes and ears, these delicate looking animals make a pretty sight grazing in a jungle clearing.
Males have three-tined antlers that they shed once a year. With two peak rutting seasons a year, these prolific breeders make excellent prey for the tiger. Chital are most active in the early morning and evening hours.
When they sense the presence of a predator, they give out sharp alarm calls, which are often referred to as the quintessential sound of the Indian jungle.
Trapeze artists of the jungle, the gray langur pull off acrobatic stunts among the trees. With their distinctive black faces, ears and limbs, and smooth gray coats, these little animals always look impeccably groomed. Spending most of their time in the trees, they feed on leaves, stalks, fruits, buds and flowers. The langur also gives out a whooping call in the early morning hours to indicate territory or to greet each other.
Chital deer are frequently spotted feeding on leaves dropped by the langur. The langur's coughing, guttural alarm calls are often the first indication of a predator on the prowl. They also give out a whooping call in the early morning hours to indicate territory or to communicate with other monkey troops.
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