Prime Intention of the Blog

"People without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees and wildlife is almost as helpless".

I still remember my childhood days when I used to visit Dandeli a place where even my father started his professional career and also where my most of the relatives were staying.Even though I never brought up in Dandeli no one could stop me to go there since it was just two hours journey from my native. And during every visit I used to get the scoldings from my father and relatives since I used to spend most of the time in forests than in house.So as I grown up my visit to Dandeli became very less except twice or thrice in a year since I became busy with studies but always I had in my mind that I should contribute something to these magnificent forests which inspired me a lot to fall in love with the Conservation.So it is just an attempt from my side to create awareness to save these magnificent animals and landscapes they exist in.If this blog contributes in a small way to achieve this goal I will be the most happiest person in this world.
This blog mainly focuses towards conservation activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.This blog doesn't provide any information regarding tourism and its related activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Black panther makes surprise appearance in Dandeli

A rare sighting of a black panther was reported from Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve Safari on December 2 by a group of naturalists, including B B Mallesh, director of the reserve.
According to Mallesh, he was in the forest along with wildlife photographers Praveen Siddannavar, Mohan Thomas and Vijayan Thomas when they sighted the panther around 6pm.
Black panthers are commonly found in dense evergreen forests and low light forests. "Sighting a black panther is quite rare. Black panthers look like leopards, but without dots. They're listed as a threatened species by the IUCN," he said.
Very shy by nature, black panthers move during the nights and hunt small mammals like the chital, barking deer, mouse deer, hare and birds. They have sharp eyesight and sense of hearing. Poaching, loss of natural habitat, environmental degradation and construction of dams and roads are the primary reasons for them ending up as a critically threatened species.
Mallesh said very rarely are black panthers seen in the Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. The area is very dense and spread over 1303 sqkm, and home to tigers, leopards, elephants, gaurs and other herbivores.
The DCF said the reserve has a good number of black panthers distributed mainly in the evergreen forests of Anshi, Diggi, Kumbarwada, Castlerock, Kuveshi and in the dense forests of Gund, Pansoli, Ulvi, Kulgi and Nagazari valley of Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve. But they're very rarely spotted.
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