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Best of 2018

Best of 2018

In this first post of 2019, we want to pause and look back at the best of Walk the Wilderness in 2018. The most popular post of 2018 in terms of number of hits was the rare sighting of mating Hyenas in Amboseli National park. The Wagdoh male – probably the...
Best Wildlife moments of 2016

Best Wildlife moments of 2016

Here’s wishing all our friends and followers of Walk the Wilderness a Happy New Year 2017! At Walk the Wilderness, we usher in the New Year with this post of the Best Wildlife Experiences of the year gone by. 2016 has been a fantastic year for us with...
Breaching a Lion-tailed Macaque’s Comfort Zone in Valparai

Breaching a Lion-tailed Macaque’s Comfort Zone in Valparai

Valparai had been amazingly kind and generous to us on this trip. And this close encounter with an Alpha Male Lion-tailed Macaque is definitely the highlight of this trip. We went to Puthuthottam bungalow once again to get a glimpse of the other troop of Lion-tailed...
Getting close to a Malabar Whistling Thrush in Valparai

Getting close to a Malabar Whistling Thrush in Valparai

Right from the time we checked in at Stanmore bungalow of the Briar tea estates in Valparai, the call of the Malabar Whistling Thrush had been ringing in my ears. When I checked with the staff, they told me that there was a resident Malabar Whistling Thrush on the...
Portraits of the Alpha male in Lion-tailed Macaque society

Portraits of the Alpha male in Lion-tailed Macaque society

While we enjoyed watching the antics of the Lion-tailed Macaque troop in the tea plantation, the Alpha male of the troop finally appeared and he was completely at ease with us around the troop. He sat right there in the open and kept a vigil over his troop. His top of...
Lion-tailed Macaque foraging in a tea plantation

Lion-tailed Macaque foraging in a tea plantation

After we reached the Puthuttotam Annexure Bungalow in Valparai, we got introduced to the manager. He pointed out that there was another smaller troop of Lion-tailed Macaques that frequented the property compared to the large troop that we had watched at close quarters...
Witness a gorgeous Sunrise in Valparai

Witness a gorgeous Sunrise in Valparai

After checking in at the Stanmore garden estate in Valparai, I stepped onto the balcony of the two level wooden Chalet and the sweeping views of the tea estate blew by mind away. After soaking in the luxurious views, I made a mental note to wake up early and try to...
The endangered Lion-tailed Macaques of India

The endangered Lion-tailed Macaques of India

I vividly remember my last trip to Valparai and the various challenges we had in sighting, photographing the Lion-tailed Macaque. You can read more about that experience in the land of the Lion-tailed Macaque. So on this trip to Valparai, I wasn’t expecting much...
Land of the Endangered Lion-tailed Macaque

Land of the Endangered Lion-tailed Macaque

We have been wanting to visit Anaimalai Hills in the Western Ghats for a long time to spot the endangered species of Lion-tailed Macaque. But we had been postponing it because of the lack of good places to stay. However, all that changed when we heard about Sinna...