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Atul Dhamankar

Wildlife Photgrapher, Writer, Tour opretor & Researcher


Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is very close to my heart since my childhood. I spent over 25 years in this forest for study and photography of Tigers & other Wildlife. I am a full time freelance wildlife researcher, wildlife writer and Wildlife Photographer. I have written 12 popular wildlife books including a photographic "Field Guide of MAMMALS and BIRDS of TADOBA TR".

I also visited to superb forests like Ranthambhore & Bharatpur in Rajasthan, Kanha, Bandhavgarh & Pench at M.P. Sunderban in W. Bengal, Jim Corbett in Uttarakhand, Gir, Little Runn of Kutch & Velavadar in Gujrat, Kaziranga, Manas & Dibrusaikhow in Assam, Namdapha in Arunachal Pradesh, Anamalai in Tamilnadu, Daroji in Karnataka of India. I captured thousands of wildlife images in these jungle.

Since last 25 years, I was studying tigers in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). I have many thrilling experiences & encounters with tigers. In 1990' s, I always searched for tigers walking on foot with forest dept.'s trackers, guards and officials. So many times I got signs like dropping, scrape marks, pug marks, which are very useful to track the tiger and identify his territory, prey animals, breeding & behavior pattern. I had seen tigress gave birth to the four cubs and rearing them to adult many times in this superb forest. That was a indicator of good, healthy and ideal eco- system of TATR, which provide this big cat all essential things like nice prey base, adequate water and disturbance free forest. I frequently saw many tigers in forests around TATR, which is now buffer zone.  Many times in past I was encountered with TATR's tigers and spent hours, days and months to their observations. I also work with Wildlife Conservation Society, USA, on tiger camera trapping, Line transect Survey, Scat encounter survey, which was done by various sofisticated equipments.

My book "WAGH" which is in local Marathi Language is the award winning book on tigers study. I also wrote 12 books on Tadoba's wildlife which are very useful for anyone who has keen interest in wildlife and their behavior. About more than 5000 articles are published in various news paper, magazines. As a wildlife photographer, I captured thousands of wildlife images, some of them are published in presigious national & international magazines & website.

     Me with Jim Corbett idoi

Corbett Tiger Reserve, Uttarakhand

             Me in Bharatpur

Keoladev Ghana NP, Rajasthan

                 In Tadoba

Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Mah.