Ranthambhore national park in Rajasthan in India is wide famous for its tigers. Over the last few decades tigers have become more and more active during the day, challenging the earlier belief that they are only nocturnal animals.
Ranthambhore is devided into five different zones, and offers a spectacular variety of dense jungle, rocky openings, meadows, lakes and streams, valleys and high cliffs. The number of tigers in the sanctuary is now about 40, and if lucky you can also see leopards.
Yala national park on the south-east coast of Sri Lanka offers the highest density of leopards in the world. This is in the core area of the national park called “block 1”, which covers 190 square kilometers and counting impressive approxomately 80 leopards. Nevertheless, the landscape is bushy and rocky, so for really good sightings you need a very good guide. Here I will recommend Mevan Piyasena.
Below are some images from Ranthambhore and Yala taken in January 2012. Click on the images below to enlarge and see them in 1400px resolution. Please also leave your comments below if you like.
Male tiger, 6-7 years old (“T24”) on a fresh sambar kill. Ranthambhore.
Nikon D3s, Nikkor 300/2.8 VR II, 1/500 sec at f/5.6. +1/3 EV, ISO 1250.