Ranthambore National Park
THIS PARK LIKE IN the shadow of the Aravalli and Vindhya mountain ranges and covers a core area of 400 sq km (155 sq miles). Its razorsharp ridges, deep boulder-filled gorges, lakes and jungle are
he habitat of carnivores such as the
caracal, panther, jackal 'and hyena, species of deer, and a rich variety of resident and migratory birds.The most famous resident, however, is the endangered tiger, and it is fairly common to catch glimpses of this fascinating animal by day or night. Like other parks in the region, this was originally the Jaipur state's hunting grounds and became a Project Tiger Reserve in 1973.
The park derives its name from this great Rajput jungle fort that is 1,000 years old and stands at a height of 215 m (705,2).
Olarge herds of sambar are seen around the lakes, wallowing in the water, swimming and feeding on aquatic plants, unperturbed by jeep, and visitors.
India's second-largest banyan tree (Focus hengalensis) lies in the grounds of Jogi Mahal. Its several spreading branches are all supported by roots.
Sitings of the parka's main predator are a matter of chance. but traces of its activities are equally exciting.
Indian Roller Bird
This us one of the many bird species found in the park. The others include birds of prey such as the crested serpent eagle and Bonelli's eagle, and many species of pigeons flycatchers, shooks and waterhirds .
Muggers, or marsh crocodiles, are commonly seen submerged in water or basking on the shores of the lakes. Ungulates are their main prey species, and sometimes one can glimpse a crocodile dragging the carcass of a deer into the water The monitor lizard and python are some of the other reptiles found in the park.
This shaggy bear with short bind legs and a long muzzle emerges at dusk to feed. feed During themdray it shelters in the rocky outcrops and is d difficult to sight.