Other Predators in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
The Park also has a large population of Panthers which are the second largest predators of this forest. The Prey species of the Tigers and Panthers overlaps, and because of possible conflicts between them, the letter and found more often on the periphery of the park . Kachida Valley accounts for the highest number of sightings of these cats. They do not appear to be as fearlessly diurnal as Tigers have become and therefore their sightings are not as frequent.
Another interesting feature of the park is the visibility of Marsh crocodiles in and around the lakes. Over the year their number has increased and these reptiles eight to ten feet in length are not uncommon. They are easily seen in the water basking on the shore of the lake often they are seen crossing from one lake to another. Interestingly, they eat dead sambhar on land and try to drag the carcass into the water even during day light hours.
Other predators in Ranthambore tiger reserve are Hyenas, Jackals and jungle cat, caracal too have been recorded The last sighting in wild dogs was way back in 1954 it is not known why they have disappeared from these forest completely Ranthambhore has sloth bears which one may encountered while driving through the park Lakarda and Anantpura are the areas where they are seen most often Sambar are seen everywhere and in large herds around the lakes They are in hard horn and at their best during the rutting period in the winter months through their antlers tend to be smaller than those of their counterparts in central India Sambhar are knows to wallow in and like water but here they can be observed in water for hours eating and swimming in the lakes Actually one would be expect such behaviour from Barasingas rather than sambhar.
Chital are extremely common throughout the park and they come to water in their hundred particularly in the warmer months. Nilgai too are found all over the park with the greatest concentration around the lakes they roam in smaller herds than those of sambhar and chital Sounder of wild boar can be seem around the lakes with an occasional chinkaras also coming along Among other Indian hare and mongoose are most visible on the edge of the water Monitor Lizard are common though shy they are usually quick to notice vehicle movement and by the time one notice them they are scampering off to their borrows.
Though this Ranthambore tiger reserve is famous for its animals ,It is rich in bird life as well Bonelli’s Eagle , crested serpent Eagle , Great Indian horned own , Gray Partridge , Painted Partridge , Snadgrouse quail , Spur Fowl , common Pea Fowl , Tree pie , Paradise fly catcher , pheasant –tailed jacana , Painted stork Black Stork , white neck stork , spoonbill and green pigeon , are among the resident bird of the park In addition during the winter month the park receive migrant visitors primarily a Varity of Ducks These forests are around the Aravali and the vidhya ranges each of the which has distinctive geological features the forest is of typically dry deciduous type with dhok being the most prominent tree. Ronj, ber , salai , occasional mango groves Palm tree , Banyan and pipal, tree give it a character all its own .