Kanha's nocturnal lives

Kanha is home to not only the tiger but also a wide range of lesser faunal species that lead interesting lives and play important roles in the ecosystem. Kanha’s network of camera traps gives us a glimpse of their world.

The barn owl. The species is threatened outside protected areas.

A verdant forest area in the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.

Neelam the tigress and her cubs crossing a waterbody.

A black-faced langur taking refuge in a tree hole in summer.

A leopard family on the lookout for prey. It is extremely unusual to see an entire family of this elusive and solitary animal.

Sloth bear cubs taking a ride on their mother’s back, a rare sighting.

An Indian pangolin with its characteristic self-protective large scales.

The honey badger. It is an omnivore with very sharp teeth.

An Indian python and a porcupine. Pythons sometimes eat porcupines, only to die later.

An Indian hare uncomfortably close to an Indian python.

The small Indian civet. A mostly arboreal species, it is nocturnal and an omnivore.

The palm civet. This variant of the species has characteristic white patches.

A porcupine mother-young duo. Porcupines are large rodents with quills for self-defence.

A jackal making off with an animal leg.

The rusty spotted cat. One of the smallest wild cats, it lives on trees and rocky hides and is found only in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Mostly nocturnal and elusive, it feeds on small-sized prey. It is also hunted for food in several places.

The hyena. It is an amazing animal with powerful jaws and strong teeth.

A small pack of wild dogs at a sambar kill.

A common mongoose mother with her young.

A smooth-coated otter near a waterbody. It is a critically endangered species.

The mouse deer. It is the smallest deer species, is nocturnal and lives in tree holes.

A jungle cat with a mouse.

The changeable hawk eagle with a mongoose that it has hunted.

A male sloth bear rubbing his back against a tree trunk for chemical communication with breeding females.

The Indian giant squirrel. It is an amazing arboreal animal that lives in multiple nests and comes down only to drink water.

The bamboo pit viper. It is a poisonous snake that hunts mostly at night.

A barking deer pair at a water hole. It is a mostly solitary animal.

Indian vultures feeding on a sambar deer carcass.

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The barn owl. The species is threatened outside protected areas.
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