Be­tween Oc­to­ber and April is the best time to visit the park. Avoid the peak sea­son in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary

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than the big cats, there is an im­pres­sive num­ber of species to see: chi­tal, sam­bar, wild dogs, wild boar, ele­phants, gaurs (In­dian bi­son), gi­ant squir­rels, and grey lan­gurs. We also saw around 30 species of birds, such as the crested hawk ea­gle, the Ori­en­tal honey buz­zard and the osprey. Al­though there were mul­ti­ple alarm calls dur­ing the sev­eral sa­fari trips, we didn’t man­age to catch a glimpse of an­other tiger.

On the night be­fore I left Kabini, we vis­ited Papa John’s for­mer res­i­dence, which now stands to com­mem­o­rate him. There is also a bar named after him, called the “John Wake­field Bar”. Papa John’s life­time mis­sion has ben­e­fit­ted the lo­cal vil­lagers and the tourism in­dus­try in the way of sus­tain­abil­ity. He has left a legacy – a hard act to fol­low. The high stan­dard of ser­vice he main­tained in­stilled a pride in their work amongst his fomer team – both in en­sur­ing the wel­fare of wild an­i­mals, and in up­hold­ing ex­cel­lent ser­vice in wildlife tourism.

Even though the pop­u­lar­ity of tiger tourism has grown rapidly in the past decade, the cur­rent con­di­tion of the jun­gle has not changed, and that was a joy to see. The cre­ation of wa­ter­holes and the sus­tain­able main­te­nance of the jun­gle habi­tat has also served to pre­vent for­est fires, which has in turn led to a larger pop­u­la­tion of her­bi­vores – keep­ing the tiger pop­u­la­tion at a healthy num­ber. agp


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