When to spot Black Panther?
This article is the result of the findings of studying recent sightings data from WildTrails Recent Sightings for the last 12 months and talks about various data points that we have collected w.r.t black panther at Kabini. [This findings were also published in 22nd July 2018 Sunday Times]
Black Panthers, we have many in India and a high percentage of that in Karnataka forests.
But only one Black Panther is in tourism zone which is bold enough to give a lot of sightings and that is in Kabini Jungle. (approx 220 kms south of Bangalore, India).
WildTrails Recent sightings collects all sightings data across all popular Indian national parks and are actually shown in their app – WildTrails Recent Sightings [Available on both iOS and Android]. We analyzed the data for the last 12 months – From July 17, 2018, back to Aug 1, 2017, and these are the results we found
[This result was published in Sunday Times Bangalore Edition dated July 22, 2018, and here is the link]
The total number of Sighting Days: 61
Total number of such sightings around Full Moon Day:
(c) WildTrails Recent Sightings (don’t reproduce anywhere without bearing ‘WildTrails Recent Sightings’ name & is protected by general copyrights clause)
Even though it seems to show itself around new moon & full moon days equally, in 2018, it has appeared more during New Moon days and 5 out of 7 new moon days it has appeared.
It seems if we are there say a 3-night stay around New Moon and/or Full Moon, Sighting chances increase up to 70%+ compared to any other random day which is hardly 16%.
Also in 2018, it seems you do a safari on New Moon Day you probably increase your Black Panther Sightings to almost certainty (as past data suggests).
Kabini Tiger Sighting Index
You can check the current tiger sighting of Kabini here. The recent tiger sightings data is on the basis of weekly, monthly and yearly as well. You can compare the sightings before any trip to Kabini.
Please note that these data are all past sightings and may or may not have any bearing on the future sightings and use it more like a helping or a guiding tool rather than a surety tool.
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