Chitals & Langurs. Kanha National Park

In Kanha National Park, in India, two totally different animal species coexist; The Languers and the Chitales.

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There are three large national parks in central India: Shivpuri, Bandhavgarh and Kanha.
The greatest wealth of wildlife in India is found in these mountains and in the forests around them.

Kanha National Park is the home to various kinds of forests and jungles as well as extremely diverse fauna, including some species on very intimate terms with each other. 

Langurs love the leaves and fruit of trees.
Like other primates, these monkeys live together in a group that includes males, females and little ones. 
The langur family doesn’t live alone. The chital is the most common herbivore in these parks, and like other herbivores, it lives in a herd…

They are the most important food for the large carnivores, particularly the tiger. That’s why they must stay alert at all times. 

Langurs and the chitals get along famously. These monkeys are playful at meal time, taking a couple of bites to taste the food and throwing the rest on the ground.  
o the chitals, these fruits and berries are delicacies, like manna from heaven.
In addition to giving them different kinds of fruit, the langurs are excellent lookouts. If a leopard, tiger or jackal comes near… the sentry in the branches above will immediately call an alert.
Since the female chitals give birth every six months, there are youngsters aplenty. Young fawns play among the mixed group with no misgivings. This is a harmonious relationship between two very different species. Each born into the forest, they’ve found each other to their liking.

Thumbnail: Langur monkey. Salim Virji

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