Reader picture essay: Going wild

Gulf News reader Razeq Mohammad explored the wild at Nagarhole National Park, also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, Karnataka, India.

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Gulf News reader Razeq Mohammad visited the Nagarhole National Park, Karnataka, India, recently. This natural reserve located in the Kodagu and Mysore districts is also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park. Covering an area of 643.4sq km, the park is one of the last remaining and best protected habitats for many endangered species. Mohammad said: “I went there on a trip organised by a photography group. It was a great opportunity to spend time with some experienced and enthusiastic wildlife photographers and an insight into wildlife behaviour and photography strategies. I always knew that Nagarhole is a land of abundant wildlife, but I was not prepared for the experience I got.” The national park attracts thousands of tourists each year. As the national reserve is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, which is an International Biosphere Reserve that encompasses 5,520sq km in the Western Ghats, Nilgiri Hills of South India. The fauna in the area includes over 100 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 80 species of reptiles, about 39 species of fish, 31 amphibians, 316 species of butterflies. It is under consideration by the United Nation’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.