The sambar is the sambar-rice for tigers

The sambar represents one of the most complex divides between north and south India. In the southern states, sambar (pronounced saam-baar) is a liquidy lentils-based thing that you can mix with rice, idli or dosa. In fact, we southern conservation biologists are so passionate about sambar (actually, so poorly funded) that we eat sambar rice three times…

Conservation biology: its all about crap!

Crap has a profound influence on the lives of us conservation biologists, and thats a true fact. My papers are based on scats. People I know  are reminded of me when they see someone in a movie examining elephant dung in the field. Whereas in reality, I get more excited when I see a fresh…

Do tigers drink elephant milk?

My field assistants have an interesting belief. They say that tigers are very fond of elephant milk, because it is nutritious. So when there is a young calf in an elephant herd, tigers follow that herd, in the hope of getting some milk from the lactating cow elephant. Though I think that if a tiger…

Funny photos of wild animals staring at cameras

Tigers, bears, mongooses, bonnet macaques….  some curious, some hungry, some shocked…. These are from camera traps set up in various forests of south India. Eye of the tiger! See here for a comic similar to this. The large and entertaining stripe necked mongoose. Three porcupines having a consultation on how to deal with this monstrosity…