Silence is golden
It can be difficult to spot some animals in the forest. Wild animals, such as predators like tigers and leopards are generally very shy and elusive. They tend to hide when they see human beings. As a naturalist, I have a few tips for you to make increase your chances of seeing animals in the wild. With luck and these tips, you will enjoy your game drive even more!
Usually in the wild life, we try to search any predator, we use commonly two ways. One is foot prints. Footprints, also known as pug marks, are really important and give you specific clues. Generally, predators prefer to walk frequently on the soft dirt road because their paws are soft padded. So, when they walk, they leave their foot marks on the dirt road. The freshness of pugmarks indicates how recently they have been there and can help pinpoint their whereabouts. So, always try to concentrate on footprints on the road. Footprints can also indicate the size, sex and sometime even the age of an animal.
Second is alarm call that is also known as warning call. Most animals call in order to communicate with individuals of their own species, including to attract the opposite sex and to alert others of the threat of possible predators. They have various ways of communicating with one another. Many animals have alarm calls, sharp staccato barks, whistles, etc. which they utter when suspicious and continue to repeat until reassured. So, Always gives full attention to hear the voices of animals. So, these types of alarm and scare calls of animals like deer, antelope, monkey or even peacock provide hints to the pinpoint location of any predators! Because lying, resting or sleeping predators on the ground floor is totally camouflage. So, it is very hard to see them. But often it is hard to hear the alarm calls while a vehicle is moving, particular canter due to its noise. That’s why; we go slow and pause for a short while, so the forest becomes clam and we are able to hear the calls if it is coming from the far distance.
That’s why we need a pin drop silent during the game drive. Therefore, please try to avoid blab-blab and speak softly if it is requirement. That’s why, to maintain a pin drop-silent that is also the most essential art of your game drive because we can categorize animals simply in two types. One is diurnal animals such as spotted dear and monkeys those actives in day time and sleep and takes rest in night time like us. Other is nocturnal animal such as tiger and leopard that active in night and take rest or nape during day time. So, it is quite possible that any nocturnal animals can sleep or take rest during your game drive. Therefore, it is quite clear that we do disturbing them directly if we do blab-blab. We really don’t have any right to disturb them because we are in the home of them not our picnic places. Assume what happen if you were sleeping in your home while some one could do blab-blab. I am pretty sure that you get my point because it is really disgusting either you or resting nocturnal animals. So please avoid blab-blab on your safari because either you disturb them or you disturb your alarm calls from them. That’s why our wild life experts say,” Silence is golden”.