Reni Pani Newsletter September 2019

Savanah Nightjar-

The Savanna Nightjar

Nightjars are fascinating birds. In Latin, these birds come under the family group called Camprimulgidae, derived from the Latin word capra meaning goat and mulgere meaning ‘to milk’. This strange derivation stems from the ancient myth that nightjars suck milk from goats. In reality they do nothing close to this. The common name nightjar comes from the fact that they are nocturnal and quite noisy in the breeding season. In Central India, we have 4 species of nightjar and the one seen in the photo above is the Savanna Nightjar. The Savanna Nighjar like all the other nightjars we get here depend heavily on their camouflage. And on nice moonlit nights they will sit in open spaces as seen in the photo and hawk out low flying insects that they can see as silhouettes against the moonlit sky. They nest on open rocks and their camouflage makes them barely visible even while nesting on open sites.


Bori Wilderness Lodge

The Bori Wilderness lodge is your gateway to the exciting Bori Sanctuary. Located a couple of km away from the park gate, the lodge is built on a 7.5 acre farmland estate close to Dhapada village. The lodge will feature 8 well-appointed rooms with en-suite facilities, an infinity plunge pool, a spa, indoor and outdoor dining and a library. The lodge will have best in class naturalist guides who will interpret the wildlife of the Bori Sanctuary. Jehan Numa’s emphasis on cuisine will also reflect in the food being served at the lodge, with focus and importance on a high quality artisanal and gourmet menu offering. Since Bori Wilderness Lodge, will be the first wildlife lodge in the area the safari activities will have a fair bit of exclusivity. Combining Bori with Satpura has the potential of being very interesting for guests especially because guests can transfer between Bori Wilderness Lodge and Reni Pani Jungle Lodge through the park doing a game drive or by boat from the Tawa Reservoir. Guests can comfortably spend 6 nights in this landscape, covering a diverse variety of wildlife while having a high-quality wildlife experience without the crowds.

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Tiger number and census

On 29 July, on global tiger day, the Prime Minister of India announced the result of a census that took 2 years to complete. Believed to be the be the largest occupancy study for a carnivore anywhere in the world, the report suggested that India is home to almost 75% of wild tigers which is up 33% (vs 2014) to 2,967 tigers. With 526 tigers, we are happy that Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) has regained its position as 'The Tiger State of India'. This surge in numbers in M.P. is mostly attributed to the conservation and habitat creation work done by the forest department in various Tiger Reserves in M.P. From a community involvement perspective, tourism has played a pivotal role in providing forest dwelling communities with an alternate livelihood option resulting in wild and alive tigers now being more valuable than dead ones. In M.P, 5 of 6 Tiger Reserves have a healthy and well managed tourism model and this state is definitely a leader not just in tiger tourism but also wildlife based eco-tourism.


Wild Wheels Satpura

Satpura’s hilly and undulating terrain, cascading waterways, sprawling teak forests and abundance of wildlife make it an ideal spot for jungle adventure. Satpura has an expansive buffer zone with a great road and trail network that are excellent for trail biking. With well-appointed campsites dotted all around the buffer, there is great opportunity to have cycling and camping programs that can be designed for each guest’s requirement. We can tailor experiences involving a night out right up to 4-5 nights out cycling and camping in the wilderness.

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