Caracals in India-The forgotten cats
The book, Caracal in India is written with an aim to share my findings on the status, distribution, behaviour in the wild and chances of survival of the caracal in India. Babette de Jonge and Anton Buijen van Weelden were very fortunate to have had the rare chance to see and film successfully three caracals in Ranthambore National Park during their safari in June 2008. Having known me they offered their rare footage and I
promised a book that would help raise interest in a forgotten cat.

Through this book I hope to re- introduce the caracal and help raise familiarity with the species to the reader. I believe that once a person familiarizes himself with a magnificent cat such as the caracal, he or she will look for them in their next trips to a National Park and that some keen naturalist will unravel more interesting information on the species.

Shekhar Kolipaka
Wildlife Researcher
Tracks & Signs - A Field Guide

A field guide to the Tracks and Signs of Indian wildlife is an innovative approach to wildlife identification. Conventionally, in India, hunting- gathering tribes, hunters, farmers and people working in wildlife reserves knew the art of identifying animals and interpreting their behaviour by observing tracks and signs of wild animals. Their very livelihood and survival depended on such skill.

In today’s India, such skills are no longer valued and the skill of interpreting wildlife tracks and signs is fast disappearing and very few people pursue it. This is primarily because people do not interact with wildlife and forests like they used to, they do not depend on wildlife like they used to.

This field guide is an attempt to resurrect interest in the art of identifying wildlife tracks and signs accurately and interpreting animal behaviour.The field guide allows the reader to first look at the tracks or signs and then by means of key illustrations, to determine the animal groups or species responsible for what you see. The keys refer to detailed descriptions, pictures and illustrations. There are chapters on animal tracks, droppings and bird pellets, feeding signs, nests and animal shelters, other signs (such as mud wallows, tree scratching and waterholes) and a detailed glossary of terms.

Shekhar S. Kolipaka works as wildlife and nature management consult in India. He also conducts field research on human –carnivore interactions by combining aspects of cultural anthropology and animal behaviour. He believes that his work will contribute to effectively addressing carnivore conservation issues in human dominated landscapes.

This field guide is his third book. His previous books include, A field guide to Tracks and Signs of Eastern Himalayan, Central India and Eastern Ghats Wildlife and Caracals in India - The forgotten cats.

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