Royal Bengal tiger ‘T27 Dhawajhandi’

In Kanha tiger park, central India, we were out in our small jeep searching for tigers.  For some time, we sat watching a fire break in the forest and listening to alarm calls from other animals.  Then we heard the distinct roar of a tiger.  Our trackers were amazing.  By listening in complete silence, they were able to determine the animals position in the forest and estimate its direction of travel.  We set off as fast as conditions would allow to try and intercept the tiger before it crossed the track, skidded to a halt at a small break in the undergrowth and perfectly timed our siting as the female tiger T27, known as Dhawajhandi, emerged on to the road.  She crossed the road without a care for our presence and just as suddenly disappeared.

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