No Lions, Just Tigers OH MY!! At one time India was home to 40,000 tigers. The Maharajahs felt tiger hunting was a great sport and now India has less than 3000 tigers. The government is protecting them in National Parks. However, breeding is a slow process with tigers. A female will typically have 2-4 cubs. For 2 years after the birth, she won't mate while she is raising her cubs.
Tigers are hard to spot so we were very lucky to see a female tiger "Arrowhead" chase off her brother "Pacman" and eat his kill. There were only 60 tigers in our reserve. The scientist are studying them and have given them all ID's and names. There are cameras set up in the wild. That allows them to be tracked through photography. No two tigers have the same markings. That's how they distinguish and track them.
Apart from tigers, the park is home to leopards, jungle cats, sloth bears, hyenas, Indian foxes, jackal's and crocodiles. One of the most interesting features of the Ranthambore National Park is that it's dotted with ancient ruins, including a fort where tigers and leopards are often spotted.
Best time to visit: Though the park is open from October to June, winter months are cold while the oppressive temperatures in summer months make it almost unbearable. February and March have pleasant weather, but the greatest chances of spotting a tiger are in April and May.
If you would like to know more or tiger safari has been on your bucket list, call me at 415-931-1945 let's talk!
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