A Walk Through the Wilderness

Aug 12, 2009

We would like to thank Errol  Pais, Coffee Planter, Providence Estate,  Siddapur , Coorg, for the help rendered in the success of this trip

We recently spent two weeks in the wild trekking the National and Reserve forests comprising of Kabini Reserve Forest and the Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole). We also had the opportunity to trek a part of the Bramagiri Wild life Sanctuary and the Maldare Reserve forests of Coorg. We also devoted time to visit many bird sanctuaries like Ranganthittu, Karanji, kokkarekera and other places.

Mammals in the Park include tiger, leopard, sloth bear, dhole or Asiatic wild dog, striped hyena, golden jackal, leopard cat, jungle cat, rusty spotted cat, elephant gaur, sambar, chital or spotted dear, four horned antelope, wild pig, grey langur, bonnet macaque, common palm civet, small Indian civet, common mongoose, ruddy mongoose, smooth Indian otter, Slender Loris, black naped hare, porcupine, Indian pangolin, Indian giant squirrel, giant flying squirrel and threatened palm squirrel. Reptiles like the marsh crocodile are also quite common.

The need to write this article is based on the premise that

  • As  global citizens, each of us has a responsibility in protecting and caring for wild life habitats
  • We need to inspire and educate the youth about the threats facing wildlife habitats.
  • Despite being recognized worldwide as biodiversity hotspots, relatively little is known about India’s diminishing rain forests.
  • To help people realize that Wildlife sanctuaries and National parks are the only remaining places on planet earth that will enable endangered species like the leopard, elephant , wild dog , tiger and many other forms of life  thrive in the wild.
  • More and more people with disposable incomes are willing to invest their time and money in visiting wildlife sanctuaries and game reserves with the sole intention of learning more about forests and wildlife.
  • Citizens are conscious of the fact that wildlife sanctuaries are our only hope in preserving wildlife, when compared to animals in captivity-zoos.
  • Environmental education has gained momentum and more students are opting for this stream.



Karnataka with its high mountain ranges and low lying plains has one of the most beautiful landscapes. The State is blessed with stunning biodiversity in terms of harboring rare and endangered wildlife species.  The various forest ranges are largely responsible for the onset of monsoons and the birth of many rivers. One needs to distinguish that not all forests are the same. Depending on the terrain, the forests are classified as scrub forest, moist deciduous forest, semi evergreen forest, evergreen forests and dry deciduous forest. Correspondingly, each forest type harbors a specific assemblage of wild life. About 100 mammal species, including about 6000 elephants and 300 tigers, 73 reptiles and 58 amphibians have been recorded in Karnataka.

The PROTECTED AREA NETWORK in Karnataka includes five National Parks, and twenty one wildlife Sanctuaries, covering an area of 6320 square kms. Or 3.3 % of the State’s geographical area. Of these two protected areas, Bandipur and Bhadra, enjoy an additional status of Tiger Reserves. Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole) has been declared an extension of Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The Central Government has pro actively formed a national policy and has mandated that every State should bring at least 4.5 % of its area under the PROTECTED ARE NETWORK. This means Karnataka would require an additional land of 2300 square km to bring it under the protected area.

According to the Karnataka Government Forest Information, Karnataka forests harbors 25 percent of the elephant population of India, 10% of the Tiger population.  The state has 5 National Parks and 21 Sanctuaries comprising about 17.3% of total forest area as protected area for wildlife and biodiversity.  The state ranks 4th among all the states and union territories in respect of area under tree cover.

  • Most of the dense forests are located along Western Ghats region of Karnataka. 
  •  60% of the Western Ghats are located in Karnataka State.
  • Karnataka State has a recorded forest area of 43,356.45 Sq. Km which is 22.60% of the total geographical area of the State.
  • The land actually covered by forest is 33,238.47 Sq. Km which constitutes 17.33% of the total geographical area.
    Dense Forest (40% and above crown density) is 28,144 Sq. Km; Open Forest (10% to 40%) and Scrub Forest (less than 10% density) is 15,212 Sq. Km; and Mangrove forest is 3 Sq.Kms and rest of the forest land is not covered by forest.
  • Home of world-famous sandal and rosewood trees.

Wildlife Population

Tiger Elephant Panther Bear Wild bear Deer Bison Sambar Fox
395 6185 817 2324 15760 25850 8484 4998 957
*Source: Wildlife census of 1997-98


  • Affordable accommodation , cleanliness and hygiene
  • Well qualified guides with Masters qualification in wildlife management
  • Friendly staff and raised platform vehicles with adequate safety measures to view wildlife.
  • Raised towers near water holes to spot wildlife
  • Nature camps, especially tailored for school kids and those attending college.
  • Involvement of Lecturers, Professors and model citizens in anti poaching camps organized by the forest Department.
  • We have suggested a list of recommendations, and would be happy if readers could modify, suggest or bring forth a new level of thinking in terms of policy initiatives.


Officials at the helm of affairs should understand that protection of forests and its wealth in terms of flora and fauna cannot be achieved without the active participation of responsible law abiding citizens.

We should redouble our efforts in protecting wild life from the threats of illegal wildlife trade and loss of habitat. We must admit to the fact that due to deficiencies in planning and inadequate allocation of funds; wildlife population is declining. In many of the game sanctuaries and reserves, protection measures are weak due to the absence of measures to combat poaching, archaic communication net work, inadequate arms and ammunitions & poor intelligence network.

The very slow disposal of cases related to wildlife crimes sends a wrong signal to the rich and powerful.

Another very important reason contributing towards dwindling wild life is tree logging, creation of dams inside pristine forests, special economic zones, river diversion etc where wild life gets displaced and there is no contiguous corridor for migration.

Many tribal’s still live inside sanctuaries. We need to find a way to satisfy their legitimate livelihood needs. But it is equally vital to ensure that such livelihood needs do not come at the cost of the wild animals.

Educating the rural youth in particular, especially children; can play an important role in reducing animal human conflict.


On a global scale, nearly 525 million hectares of land worldwide has been designated as Nature parks, Wildlife refuges and National reserves. The danger from our point of view is that the management of these game sanctuaries and biosphere reserves is based on political outlook rather than ecological considerations. It is high time that conservationists change their strategy in protecting wildlife. The natural biogeographical zones of an entire ecosystem, with its associated land, water, air and wildlife resources must be managed as a unit if we are to preserve the integrity of these ecologically sensitive hotspots.

Let’s recall the words of wisdom of the Red Indian Chief Seattle” What is man without the beasts? If the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected “.

We also need to realize that wildlife cannot be safeguarded without mankind’s determined sacrifice to protect them for fear of living in a world of darkness.

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Comment on this article

  • Good aricle, mangalore

    Fri, Oct 02 2009

    Very Informative and educative,good insight....

  • VIVEK COLACO, sakleshpur

    Thu, Sep 03 2009

    Thank you for the most wonderful pictures of fauna in the wild.my son thorouly enjoyed the article and pictures Thank you daijiworld for supporting the cause for environmental protection.

  • Mala Govias, Chennai

    Sat, Aug 22 2009

    Dear Geeta and Anand,incredible article.I loved the last pic especially.Thanks.

  • Ronald Peter Almeida, Brahmavar

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    A nice article and pictures. A pity the layout couldn''t have been better. Also captions for the pictures would give us more information.

  • nihal j pereira, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Superb pics dad .Keep up te good work!!!!Someday do take us along with you for trecking.

  • marjorie texeira, mangalore

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Dear Anand and Geetha, I have always admired your knowledge . I think everyone should read the books published recently by you. There are indeed a store house of wealth. We mangaloreans are proud of you. Keep it up!

  • Ryan , Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    I was only 9 when i visited Mysore and Coorg with my family 3 years back... and I always remember the night we stayed in the middle of the Jungle and got up with a Black Scorpion under the bed! it was such an Adventure and i cannot wait for the same experience again thanks your new and valuable information and the wonderful pictures! Thank you Dr. Anand and Geeta!! Tank you very Much! :)

  • Andre, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    These pictures remind me of our trip in 2006 when we went to mysore then Siddapur and then to Pais estate. thank u Dr. Anand and Geeta... keep having such trips and keep uploading such beautiful pictures!

  • Vicky, Mumbai

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    aah.. i rememberd our Safari ride with Allen uncle and Errol Uncle at The Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarahole)... good times... I hope that people read this and realise how important it is for us to Preserve these rare beauties and their habitat... and then work on it for as long as it takes... and yeah.. i would love to take part in such adventures someday... n preserve and protect our Natural Wealth!! Thank you Dr Anand and Geeta Pereira. Regards - Vicky!

  • Chamaraja Rao, Mangalore - Las Vegas, NV

    Mon, Aug 17 2009

    Well written, beautiful photos of the wild life, piques your interest in nature. Keep them coming. Chamaraj

  • Nelu Balan, Romania

    Sun, Aug 16 2009

    Nice pictures from the wild. I am  passionate also to photography and I hope to have the opportunity one day to take some pictures myself from this beautiful wild forest.

  • jp kudroli, mangaloe

    Sun, Aug 16 2009

    It is really beautifull creature of  God is captured in the camera and webcasted millions of people through Daiji. Great work done by Dr. Anand & Geetha. It is the duty of the every human being to preserve these beauties and lets make to enjoy watching these things in reality by each and everyone.

  • Swetha Domingo, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, Aug 15 2009

    Excellent work! Its very impressive also very good to know that in today''s world there are people to care enough about nature and its existence.

  • Darryl & Diana Lasrado, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 15 2009

    Dear Anand & Geeta, Keep up the Good work. You inspire us to do our little bit to conserve nature.Feels so great to get first hand information from someone we personally know. Kudos to the two of you.


    Fri, Aug 14 2009

    Dear Anand & Geeta, The article and the pictures are an eye opener not only to the people of India but to the global world. Wild life protection should be our main aim and should have more backing from our Gov. and that of the International agencies. Thank you for all the Information shared and the trouble taken by both of you as a team. I shall on my part try my best to share this with all my friends. Keep up the good work.


    Fri, Aug 14 2009

    Very valuable information about nature.beautiful pictures of animals in nature.wish our youth read and coltivate interest in nature.your adventures are appreciated.looking forward for more such information

  • Mahesh Nachaiah, Virajpet

    Fri, Aug 14 2009

    It''s interesting to go through the articles and pictures by Dr. Anand & Geet. I like to thank them. Its true these days many come to Coorg for its natural beauty. So it should be our duty to keep the Coorg clean and peaceful. We welcome the whole world to Coorg.

  • Manjunath.D, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 14 2009

    We were fortunate to have come across this article and the rare pictures of the wild dog. Indian wild dogs are called dholes and differ from Hyenas.They are highly social & hunt in packs.Thank you dr. Anand and GEETA for the beautiful coverage.

  • LATHISH.BANGERA, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 14 2009

    I was thrilled to go through the article and pictures. Sometimes, I wonder if we can still see such animals in the wild. congratulations dr.Anand & geeta for your contribution towards protecting wild life. Thanks to daiji world too.

  • conrad franks, Arizona,U,S,A

    Fri, Aug 14 2009

    Congratulations Anand & Geetha on this beautiful article. I too love wildlife and I was very impressed to read abt u going on this trip.

  • Giselle, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    An illumining article backed by imagery of our incredible wealth in wildlife.

  • Nachaiah M., SIDDAPUR/Coorg

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Our coffee estate touches Maldare reserve forests at one end . wild elephants are a common sight and a few people have even sighted tigers and leopards. Anand & Geeta''s article help us to protect both forests and wildlife.Thanks to daiji world for covering such educative topics.

  • Dr.Sumalatha, Mallikatte/Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    We as responsible citizens have to play a important role in safeguarding wild life. Anand and Geeta keep posting more about wild life. Thank you.

  • Anita Dsa Frank, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    This is a great article especially for the students. Thank you

  • Ivan Frank, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Very informative and in-depth presentation "A Walk Through the Wilderness". An eye-opener to the new generation.

  • Jagannath Ballupet, Sakleshpur

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Forest dept. cannot be dependent on these things. let them privitise ecotourism with the help of ngo i heartily congratulate your adventures. may god bless both of you.

  • Jagadish Anchan, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Good and very excellent job, and amazing photos, thanks a lot introducing rare wild animals

  • Royal Cutinho, Sharjah. Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Really Excellent collection from wild forest. Mr.Anand and Geeta Pereira please continue searching new article about nature.

  • J M Bhandary, Mangalore/ USA

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    A very thoughtful article on Nature, Wildlife and the need for Conservation. Thanks to Dr. Anand and Geeta Pereira for this work. Western ghats is a National treasure and publicity and education will help citizens know the richness of nature that is in this area. Articles like this are very helpful in that regard.

  • pavithra ganapathy , Virajpet

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Well written article and nice pictures. truly educative. Many thanks to Daiji, Geeta and anand

  • Shilpa kaveramma , Shivabagh

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Coorg has many different types of forests ranging from dry decidious to evergreen. We live close to Nagarahole and have come across these beautiful animals in their natural habitats. Splendid work by the authors and thanks to Daiji world.

  • Payal pereira, Kadri

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Environmental education is indeed catching up in a big way.Thank you both for presenting pictures from the wild

  • John Prakash, NEWARK, U.S.A.

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    VERY INFORMATIVE ARTICLE AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHS. Thank you for the great effort put into enlightening the masses. Love Prakash sheila Joel and Prasheel

  • Lawrence D''Mello, Karkala/Sydney

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Thank you Dr.Anand & Geeta for the marvellours pictures. Indeed beautiful.

  • Allen Pais, Siddapur

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Dr Anand & Geeta Anand. Very nice to see good response from Fr John as well as all the well wishers who have browsed through this article,I have linked the article to most of our well wishers here in Australia,Although I am located at a remote place like Beverly 800 Kms from Adelaide South of Australia, I  take imense pleasure in reading this article & distrubuting the wild life knowledge to all our well wishers here in Australia through Daijiworld.Once again keep up the good work.Regards-Allen Pais(South Australia)

  • Ashok Frank, Mangalore / Canada

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Thanks Anand & Geeta. Very inrteresting Article.Nice Pictures.Please Keep it up

  • David Cooper, Australia

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Thank you Allen Pais, for showing this to me may be one day I will get the opportunity to see it first hand with my family. Well done to all concerned.

  • victor, bantwal

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Good to see wild animals. thanks to Dr. Anand & geeta pereira.

  • satishnaik, Mankude/Dubai

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Nice to see the wild animal photos.Its reminds me when I  visited to nagarahole & very good information from Dr Anand,Geetha

  • Rafeek Sompady, puttur -al ain

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Good pics. Thanks for this honour.

  • A.D''Cunah Shenoy, Mangaluru

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Indeed a great effort to enlighten humanity, Dr. Anand and DR. Geeta. Humans are a threat to nature and the beautiful animal species. Animals are our comrades. Without them life would be dull and meaningless. Lets preserve Gods creations rather than destroy thenm and their habitat. Its India''s treasure. Jungle world is much better.

  • Jatinder Singh, Virginia

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Informative as always. We need more citizen scientists like you and Geeta. Keep up the flow of information.

  • flavian, chikmagalur/bangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Great picture.Its nice to see some efforts being made by this couple to spread wildlife awareness. Keep up the great work

  • Vasant Raj, udupi/Abudhabi

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    What an wonderful photography, great, add natures beauty also.

  • Ronald Gomes, Kadri, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dr.Anand & Geeta, fantastic article with amazing photographs of wild life.We are proud of you both,a wonderful couple!

  • Arun kumar, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Wild life protection & conservation should be taken up with the central govt. so that neccessory funds are allocated during the budget presentation. wonderful article & pictures.

  • Arun kumar, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Wild life protection & conservation should be taken up with the central govt. so that neccessory funds are allocated during the budget presentation. wonderful article & pictures.

  • deeksha, Kavoor

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Thanks for enlighting us on wild life conservation, Thanks to Dr Anand and geetha & daiji world.

  • priya, bantwal

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    It is good to protect wild life for future generations.

  • manikya k, katipalla

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Wonderful pictures

  • savithri, kavoor

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Beautiful pictures

  • Manikya., Katipalla

    Thu, Aug 13 2009

    Very interesting article and mind blowing pictures. thanks Dr Anand and Geeta

  • Mohan Frank, MANGALORE / MUMBAI

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dear Anand & Geeta, Wonderful article and lovely photographs of wild life and nature.I just cant believe this place still exhists.Keep it up good work!

  • vimalafrank, mangalore/mumbai

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Keep it up anand and geeta. Nice article.

  • Liza Pais, Mysore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dear Anand Uncle & Geeta Aunty. Very good article & very nice pictures,I remember my Dad telling me that you had a very long walk along with Errol uncle & my Dad into the Baga Mandala rain forest where you were not really able to capture Bison(Indian Gaur) or Elephants & returned with number of leaches,I hope you found a few nice bird''s over there-Regards(Liza Gina Pais-Mysore)

  • Leander Pais, Mysore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dear Anand Uncle & Geeta Aunty. Thank you for the lovely article,The wild life pictures are fantastic,The Malabar Squirrel picture is very nice,Next time when you go to capture wild life photography i would like to join you-Regards(Leander Pais-Mysore)

  • Leona Pais, Pune

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dear Anand & Geeta,I only remember Anand had gone to Kabbini,Nagarahole & Bagamandala Forest,I was sure Anand would have captured some good images but never had an opportunity to see the pictures,since there was very little time & Allen had to leave ASAP to Beverly in Australia,

    Today I was suprised to see the article on Daiji,I was wondering there has been quite some time that Anand & Geeta have not written an article,The picture of the Leapord is a prized photograph,It is very rare to find a Leapord & all of you are very fortunate.

    I am only wondering if the next generation will have an opportunity to see a live leapord in the wild,forget the next i think the present generation like us for example,we only see these fantastic image''s only in your article & only on Daiji World-Regards(Leona Pais-Mysore)

  • Vijay, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Wow...you guys always give us the nice photography.

  • Allen, Siddapur

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dear Dr Anand & Geeta.I have been going through the article & found that there are a lot of variations in your article,You have the ability to convert a treck into the karnataka forests into a beautifull Wild life article in Daijiworld,Similarly I would recomend that if DaijiWorld could place an advertisment of the ECO FRIENDLY COFFEE BOOK,It would help the common man to know the relation between Coffee farmers & Wild life,Overwelmed reading the contents & keep up the good work.

  • Geeta N, Coorg

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    The Maldare reserve forests which touch Siddapur ARE famous for leopards and tigers.

  • john texeira , MYSORE

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Dear Anand, It is amazing to aee your article with fantastic photographs of wild life on your trecking in the forests. I am thrilled to know there are still people like you who are really concerned about the environment and the flora and fauna,,,,,,,,,,, All the best and thanks for the write up. fr john texeira


    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    The article and pictures are an eyeopener, not only to Indians but to global citizens, that wildlife protection should be carried out at the International level. only then will the process of safeguarding these beautiful animals will turn into a reality. Thank you daijiworld, Anand and geeta for the trouble in witing and sharing this information


    Wed, Aug 12 2009


  • Nihal Joseph, mangalore

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    To see such animals in the wild is very fascinating.We do hope schools can organize some trek like this instead of taking us to the zoo.


    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Thank you Anand & Geeth for the inspiring article and pictures.

  • Abdul, Udupi / UAE

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Nice Pictures... Thanx to Dr.Anand & Geeta Pereira

  • Ramanand .K., New Jersey

    Wed, Aug 12 2009

    Its time that wild life protection and conservation should be the top priority of Governments. The type of BIODIVERSITY that India is blessed with is amazing. Thank you Dr.Anand & Geeta for educating us.

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