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The Sacred Forests of India: Nagarahole

by Andrew Skeoch

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Evening 04:02


Nagarhole forest has been described as 'The Jewel in the Crown' of India's national parks. Located in the verdant hills of the Western Ghats, the park is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Here, in deep forests of teak, rosewood and bamboo, can be heard a wealth of India's wonderful wildlife.

The dawn begins with swelling birdsong; Whistling Thrushes, Parakeets, Flowerpeckers, Mynahs, Jungle Fowl and Drongos all join a fabulously varied chorus. Sambar Deer and Langur Monkeys give resonating calls, and in the far distance, the source of their displeasure is revealed in the huge roars of a pair of Bengal Tigers.

Later we hear the tonal songs of Scimitar Babblers amongst a bamboo grove that rustles in a gentle breeze. A family of elephants pass through, swishing noisily through the dry grasses and communicating in low rumbles. As dusk falls, Coucals and Barbets call by a waterhole, along with the first of the evening's frog chorus. We conclude with a pair of Brown Hawk Owls heard in the jungle night.

This recording was made in 2002, during our first field trip to India. At the time we received the support of the Indian Forest Dept, and were even allowed into the park's core area to record.

More recently we've heard from friends in India that changing policies have severely limited access to the park, and that if we visited now, we would not be allowed into the areas where these recordings were made.

So we feel this is a very fortuitous record of a special place, and hope that ongoing discussion about policies in Project Tiger reserves achieve the aim of enhancing protection.


released June 15, 2003

Recrording location:
Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka, India


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Andrew is a master wildlife field recordist. For over 30 years, he and partner / photographer Sarah Koschak have been documenting the voices of the world's ecosystems and wild creatures. The resulting recordings have been published through their dedicated label: Listening Earth ... more

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