Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Photographer and zoologist Axel Gomil explores India for the past 25 years. Here there is a tropical coast, and the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, the Thar desert, and tropical forests in the north-east of the country. Such diverse landscapes provide incredible biodiversity.

For example, out of 37 species of wild cats, 14 live in India, and this is more than in any other country. For comparison, only ten cats live on the entire African continent.

Jungle. An image of an impassable, overgrown and hostile place, where the light barely penetrates, often appears in my head. In fact, the jungle is the hot spot of biodiversity.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

The jungles of India are the habitat of the rarest and most exotic animal species, and none of them symbolize Indian wildlife better than the tiger.

The tiger is considered the king of the jungle and the most powerful predator on the Indian subcontinent. Today, there are about 50 nature reserves with a total area of ​​over 70,000 square kilometers inhabited by tigers.Such large projects for the conservation of tigers and their habitats have benefited other species of the jungle.

Tigers love to relax in the shade during a hot day. Like all cats, she always wary of the environment. And judging by the face, she recently had breakfast. The rest of the inhabitants of the jungle while can relax - the next hunt will begin at night ...

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

In the jungle, even squirrels are the size of a domestic cat. This is an Indian giant squirrel, it lives in the upper tier of the forest and rarely leaves the trees. Squirrels jump from tree to tree, overcoming about 6 meters. In danger, these proteins do not run away, but seem to "hang" and press against the trunks of trees. The main enemies are birds of prey and leopards.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Water is life, especially in such a hot climate. It is not surprising that wetlands, like magnets, attract wild animals that come here to drink, or to find coolness.

There is a very large variety of inhabitants. The local hosts sitting on top of the food chain are crocodiles. In India, the marsh crocodile is the most common species.

These are spotty deer. Birds are calm, they know that herbivores are not dangerous.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Gray Pelicans. These birds live mainly in shallow lakes.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

In the north-west of India is dominated by the Thar desert. It is a very dry area with sand dunes. The distribution of precipitation is uneven: most of them fall in the period from July to September. Rainfall falls to the west. In the most arid regions, precipitation may be absent up to 2 years.

The appearance of this gubach bear is so peculiar that it received the nickname “sloth bear”. Gubach is very different in appearance and lifestyle from real bears and it is distinguished into a separate genus. Gubach bear, like an anteater, in the course of evolution adapted to feeding on colonial insects (ants and termites)

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

A female leopard at the cave entrance in a remote area of ​​Rajasthan, which she uses as a safe haven for her family.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Cranes are defenseless against predators. The biggest thing they can do is fly away quickly.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Good kicks.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

And you move to the mountains. Some of the most impressive and diverse animal habitats in India are in the north. This is the realm of the gorgeous and ghostly snow leopard, the rest need to be alert.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Big cats have a hard time.People all capture and capture their original habitats. With food it becomes tight. Leopards are forced to drop in villages and find easy prey - goats, poultry and even dogs.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Ranthambore National Park is located in the state of Rajasthan and is considered the best tiger reserve.

Wild India in photos of the zoologist Axel Gomil

Nowadays tigers live tight.

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