We decided to leave the field centre earlier than planned, because it was going to take several days to track elephants at Bannerghatta and we had many places to go before our trip was over. So we decided to part ways with the A Rocha team and go to Nagarhole National Park which we heard was a great place to go to spot Asian elephants in the wild. We arrived at Nagarhole around noon, just in time for a beautiful buffet lunch at the jungle lodge where we were staying. We stuffed ourselves silly with crispy fried puris, spicy daals, vegetable curries and miniature bananas. Pure heaven. We met our boat at Gol Ghar and hopped on board with about 10 other people, an equal mix of locals and foreigners. River Kabini, which flows from the state of Kerala into Karnataka, passes through one of the most pristine wildlife reserves in the country. During the summer, the water holes inside the forest dry up, but the Kabini reservoir retains water even during peak summer, which brings herds of Elephants and other animals in search of water to the backwaters of the reservoir. Elephants congregate in such large numbers here that it is said to be the largest congregation of Asiatic Elephants in the world. But this great mecca of wildlife is under threat today, as human settlements encroach on the fragile forest habitat.
In the past century, 90% of Asian elephants have disappeared off the face of the earth, with only 30,000 left in existence. To help ensure the survival of the remaining 10% of the population, we have partnered with an NGO called Elephant Family who works to secure vital elephant corridors across Asia. Corridors allow elephants to feed and move freely in the wild without being threatened by humans. 90/10 is our commitment to donate 10% of our profits to help save the Asian elephant, one corridor at a time.