The Big 7

Keystone Species

Every jungle has its “big boys.” These are the creatures that anchor the entire ecosystem. While other countries may have one or two keystone species, India has several.

Most of them are native to our jungles, and several are endemic and critically endangered.

At Encounters Asia we’ve made it our passion to observe these species over generations. When you safari with us across the different jungles of India, it’s an awe-inspiring experience, as you get close to these magnificent creatures in their native habitat.

The Big 7 Species of India

The Royal Bengal Tiger

The Tiger is the Spirit of the Indian Jungle. Even his distant roar or an alarm call from some animal announcing his presence, charges the whole atmosphere. However, the tiger is far from just being a beautiful big cat.

The Royal Bengal Tiger

The Asiatic Elephant

Ponderous yet powerful, the Asian Elephant is a force to reckon with. They can be the most loving and playful animals, or they can wreck havoc.

The Asiatic Elephant

One Horned Rhinoceros

When you spot a one-horned rhino in the wild for the first time, you feel like you’re being transported back to a prehistoric era.

One Horned Rhinoceros

The Indian Wild Dog (Dhol)

Better known by its indigenous name, Dhole, the Indian Wild Dog is a fearsome predator. Lithe and agile, they hunt in packs of six or seven at a time.

The Indian Wild Dog (Dhol)

The Asiatic Lion

The Asiatic Lion is the last surviving lion outside the African continent. Once upon a time, these regal animals roamed all over the Indian Subcontinent, Persia and West Asia.

The Asiatic Lion

Bears

Indian bears are immortalized in Kipling’s Baloo, a spin on the Hindi word for bear “Bhaloo”. But the truth is that there isn’t just one “baloo”.

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Kipling’s Baloo

Indian Leopards

Leopards are elusive creatures. They’re ace climbers and are often lurking amid the branches, waiting to pounce on unsuspecting prey, entirely camouflaged by the foliage. But leopards are a wide-ranging species and India is home to several kinds.

Indian Leopards