These field notes come to me, Daleep Akoi, owner of a unique jungle lodge at the edge of Corbett Tiger Reserve, India's oldest and most spectacular of wild life preserves. Our naturalists at Jim's Jungle Retreat send me regular bits about the forest and its residents; I write or edit them and upload it here for you.

Jackals mark Cheetal in unique kill
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Jackals mark Cheetal in unique kill
Place: Bijrani, Corbett Tiger Reserve Time: 26 June, 2010
Photostory: Majid Hussain
It was a warm evening on 26th June 2010. We had driven into the Bijrani zone of Corbett Tiger Reserve along with guests Pankaj Dixit and his family. I accompanied them as this was their first visit to Jim’s Jungle Retreat and Corbett Park. 
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The Curious Case of an Orphaned Cub
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

The Curious Case of an Orphaned Cub
Place: Jim’s Jungle Retreat
Time: May 2010
Story & Photos: Jaspreet Singh  It was deathly silent that evening, the first week of May. I was sitting next to the swimming pool at Jim’s Jungle Retreat, enjoying the slight nip in the air when around 9:30 pm the silence was broken by the piercing alarm calls of a cheetal, in feverish staccato. Alarm calls – when an animal senses danger or is in (more…)
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Monitor Lizard’s death dance with a King Cobra
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Monitor Lizard’s death dance with a King Cobra
Place: Bijrani, Corbett Tiger Reserve
Photos: Manik K Harika
Text: Daleep Akoi
We had reported earlier in the summer the curious incident of two reptiles entwined in a death match: that of a Monitor Lizard of about 3 feet in length and a King Cobra, possibly one of the largest specimens recorded in Corbett Tiger Reserve, at around 20 feet
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His majesty’s grace, a moment to witness
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

His majesty
Area: Bijrani, Overnight stay Naturalist: Majid Hussain We received some exciting news from Corbett Tiger Reserve’s Bijrani zone earlier in the month and a fantastic photograph to accompany it! Majid Hussain, our naturalist and assistant manager, hosted the retreat’s guests at an overnight stay in Bijrani’s forest bungalow. Unique to Corbett, (more…)
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A purple affair
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

A purple affair
Place: Jim’s Jungle Retreat
Time: December 8, 2010
Photostory: Majid Hussain
“I was walking on the path connecting cottages 1 and 12 that stand opposite each other. I noticed a Purple Sunbird sitting on one of the trees in the wooded area there.
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