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nonbird animal sightings from nepal

2015-12-10 - 12:00 p.m.

Still working on the bird list from Nepal. Didn't keep a serious animal list but let's see what I can do...

  1. Rhesus Macaques -- the city ones actually seem to be "intelligent" beings, well, as "intelligent" as your average juvenile delinquent, as in, they know when to aggress and when to back off...
  2. Langur Monkey -- these guys definitely have higher brain function, example one being their little trick to lure Spotted Deer so they can use them as cheap watch dogs...
  3. Leopard -- inc. evidence of breeding (an obvious little one with his mother)
  4. Jungle Cat -- nice close look!
  5. One Horned Rhino -- two mother with baby sightings plus a number of solo individuals of different ages (one v. old)
  6. Gharial -- one older adult
  7. Marsh mugger, marsh crocodile, mugger crocodile -- whatever it's really called, it's abundant and often obviously VERY well-fed
  8. Deer -- at least 4 species... Barking/Muntjac, Spotted (so many spotted), Hog, Swamp
  9. Jackal -- you'll hear more than you see, but we did get some good close sightings by the end

I've probably left something off but that's it for now.

As for Royal Bengal Tiger, we had endless evidence of multiple animals, including one mother/cub team. Lots & lots of tracks, sometimes tracks over our own passing vehicle marks or the marks of vehicles we saw pass ahead of us (usually motorcycles). Some tiger "scat" with things like spotted deer hooves in it. Some scratching places near the road... so why do we never see them?

You usually would, I think, but because of the fuel crisis, the grass had not been cut in a long time, so we didn't have any luck going to overlooks & scanning endless acres for tiger. There could be 20 of them right under our nose, and we'd never see them... and some of it was just bad luck, since on the very first day at Sukla Phanta we met the group of local people traveling together who had seen a Tiger "about forty minutes" before on that very road. Hence the reason they were now traveling in a group, I guess. :-) But they're there. I was told at the last count, they found sixteen in the park. They assume there are about 20 now, and I'm confident they're right, since we did see those mother/cub tracks... and, really, tracks of a variety of different sizes/genders. The local guides can even tell the sex of the tiger by its paw print, so they could tell (for instance) that at a certain spot, four tigers had passed at a relatively short period of time.

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