It gives me hope… pug marks the size of dinner plates, clever kids, magnificent wildlife…

 A difficult day ended up having some good stuff, these 3 images show it. I hadn’t seen little Ranjana since pre covid, she goes to one of our wildlife classes, she’s a clever little kid. I saw her at a Range Post, she was visiting her mum who is a game scout there. Anti-poaching teams are often separated from families for long periods, it’s tough but it’s the way it is for many working in wildlife protection. The good thing is Ranjana can be proud of the meaningful work her mum does. I showed her some huge pug marks I had seen in another place earlier in the day. A very big cat. Sometimes you have a second sense, where to look, it’s a feeling rather than visual sign. Attuning oneself in the jungle over many years allows these important places to tell their stories. Later a camera trap image of a magnificent chital stag pleased me, that area has abundant prey base, the ecosystem is robust, I like that, it’s why we do this…