Ranthambore is one of the famous tiger reserves of India, which is a place between the Aravali and Vindhya hills of Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Ranthambore is situated about 180 km from Rajasthan’s capital city “Jaipur” and has a distinct identity for tigers in the world map. Ranthambore is identified by tigers. And tiger is the wild animal of the cat species.
Interestingly, seven species of cats are found in Ranthambore National Park. The tiger is also one of them. But here, except for tigers, very few people know the other six types of cat species in Ranthambore. In this regard, forest officials and wildlife experts have made an interesting disclosure. They said that Ranthambore is such a wildlife sanctuary, where seven types of cat species have been observed. The main thing is that these seven species do not get together at other places.
The seven cat species found in Ranthambore are as follows:
Tiger is the largest creature of big cat species. This is the most favorite wild creature in the world. The number of tigers in Ranthambore has reached almost 77, including the cubs. People from all over the world come to see tigers in Ranthambore.
Leopard is also considered a small animal after the tiger in the big cat species. It is considered as a cunning and shy animal. Their number of population in Ranthambore is about 130. There are a large number of leopards in Ranthambore. They can be easily seen in mountainous areas in Ranthambore.
It is also called a ‘ Machlimaar Billi” in Hindi. This is very rare in Ranthambore. In 2016, this cat was traced in the trap of the forest department’s camera in the Berda forest area of Ranthambore. The number of fishing cats in Ranthambore is very low. It is very rare to see them in the forest.
Caracal is also known as Siyaghosh, because its ears are of Siyah (Black) color. The Kutch of Gujarat, Ghna of Bharatpur and Ranthambore National Park is the best place for them. Number of caracal in Ranthambore is half of the population of tigers. Caracal specializes in hunting of birds. Their main prey is Peacock in birds, hence in many areas, they are also known as ‘Mor Baghedi”.
This cat usually can often be seen during Jungle safari in Ranthambore National Park. This cat often hunts rats in the fields. Because of this, it is also called a farmer’s friend.
It is also known as the Sand Cat. It is mostly visible in desert areas. Here, Village Wildlife Watcher, who is working in Ranthambore, has trapped this cat several times in the Photo Trap camera.
The Rusty-spotted cat is one of the smallest members of the cat family. The historical record of which is known only by India and Sri Lanka. It is considered to be the world’s smallest cat. In 2005, Fateh Singh Rathore (former director of Ranthambore) and Dharmendra Khandal (field biologist) saw this cat in a dead condition near Ganesh Dham. After this, this cat was seen many times in the mountainous area near Ganesh Dham. The particular thing of this cat is that it climbs on trees and Keeps watch the prey. It looks for the opportunity and after getting this chance, it hunts.