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Friends of Ranthambore

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WWF-India has been working for quite a few years now with people around Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. It has been helping wean people of marginal communities from depending on forest resources. There have been many positive results with many villagers willing to walk with WWF-India to conserve Ranthambore's forests.

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A large number of people enter Ranthambore National park every day, mainly for religious purposes.

Outside the park a large no: of people are dependant on it mainly for fuel wood. Seen here is a view in Dungri village, Khandar Tehsil, Sawai Madhopur District.

Camel carts on a road adjoining the park boundaries.


A women's self help group in Dungri village, Khandar Tehsil, Sawai Madhopur District. The group makes paper bags from used newspaper and sells it to newarby market. This way they save some money to use for domestic purpose. Earlier they used to cut fuelwood from forest and sell it to make money. Also, they are planning to buy subsidised LPG cooki…

Of Ranthambore's Monitor Lizards and Crocodiles

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Apart from tigers and birds, there are many things that can be seen with ease in summer in Ranthambore National Park. Like, Crocodiles and Monitor Lizards. Below are some images of the same.










Some birds of Ranthambore

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Although Ranthambore National Park is known world over for its wild tigers, the park is also a haven for birds. Many of the birds here can be seen and photographed from close distances. This is particularly true in summers around water holes.













Drongo tussle at Ranthambore: Rolling for love...or death?

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Black Drongos (Dicrurus macrocercus) are known for their pugnacity. I have seen them scare away all and sundry who approach their nests, once even a Brahminy Kite. But I never knew they were actually serious about fighting till I bumped into this pair last week, right in the middle of a game road in Ranthambore National Park.

We observed them from our rented Maruti Gypsy for nearly 6 minutes. All along, these two birds had locked their beaks, were rolling over and over and screaming at the top of their voice. Many safari vehicles had to take a detour off the game road as these determined birds refused to budge.
I though this was a very intense battle, the likes of which I have rarely witnessed in birds of the same species.




We had to leave the place as I had non-birders in my vehicle. But at that point I some how felt that one of them might have been been fatally wounded by the other. This was until I forwarded the above picture series to different emailing groups.
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Is this war...or…