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Monday, January 3, 2000

Striped Carnivores

The thylacine or tiger wolf has been extinct since the early 1900's; this carnivorous marsupial was shot to extinction in Australia and Tasmania. However, there are other striped carnivores that still live.

Among them is the Striped Hyena (photographed here in June 2005 at Velavadar National Park). This is a nocturnal scavenger classified as "Near Threatened" because of sustained population declines.

A monogamous species, the striped hyena is widely distributed across Africa, the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent. In the grasslands of Western India, where these photographs were taken, it was superbly camouflaged and while initially sitting still, it took quick evasive action when realizing it had been sighted.

Inarguably, the most famous striped carnivore is not a hyena but a big cat:

Seen here in April of the same year but at Jim Corbett National Park is the Bengal Tiger. Corbett National Park is an excellent and extremely popular location for wildlife observation. This was my first tiger in the wild.

With demand from Chinese traditional "medicine" rising, the poaching of these huge carnivores is increasing and their numbers have dwindled to the point that their classification is now "Endangered" with the largest population in the wild found in India. This particular individual was found unexpectedly in the brush near a kill.

1 comment:

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