The Nilgiri Tahr is a mountain goat. It is easy to identify because of its horns, which curve backward from its head. Its Tamil name is Varaiaadu. It is also known as the Alpine Ibex. […]
The Indian Rhino is a big, huge animal. An adult male weighs about 2,200 kilos. That’s a LOT more than you do, isn’t it? There are several types of rhinos, but the Indian Rhino can be easily identified because it has only one horn. And that horn can grow up to 25 inches in length. Therefore, it is also sometimes called the Greater One-Horned Rhino. […]
The Indian cobra is a very poisonous snake found in the sub-continent. It lives not only in India, but also in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and parts of Afghanistan.
Cobras are easy to recognize because when they are angry or scared, they raise themselves up and blow out their ribs to form a ‘hood’. There is a ‘V’ pattern on the Indian cobra’s hood, something like a pair of spectacles, because of which it is also known as the ‘spectacled cobra’. […]
When you think of camels, you always think of deserts too, don’t you? After all, the camel is known as the ‘ship of the desert’. But not all camels live only in deserts. There is a special breed of camel which can swim in the sea! It is found only in one place in the world – Gujarat. […]
The normally green slopes of the Nilgiris in south India turn bluish-purple once in 12 years, when the Neelakurinji shrubs blossom. Many plants have flowers throughout the year, some have them once a year. But Neelakurniji flowers come out only every 12 years, all the shrubs blooming together. In fact, the name Nilgiris – meaning Blue Mountains in Tamil – came from the Neelakurinji. […]
The River Dolphin is India’s national aquatic animal. An aquatic animal is one which lives in water. Dolphins are not fishes, they’re mammals. The River Dolphin, also known as the Ganges River Dolphin, is found only in the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna and the Karnaphuli-Sangu rivers flowing through India, Nepal and Bangladesh. […]