During my recent visit to Tadoba the dominant male of Tadoba range, Matkasur was scrapping the grass with his hind legs. My guests assumed it was nature’s call. It wasn’t so. He was doing what tigers do as part of regular quirky behaviour. He was scenting his presence. Tigers communicate their presence in different manners.
Sound – Some example Roaring and purring
Body language- Flattened ears, grin, raised shoulders, crouching,use of false eyes
Smell- Chemical signals
I have observed these closely and what intrigues me the most is the use of false ears and chemical communication based on smell. The chemical code contains the details of tiger in form of: Age, gender, sexual maturity and ovulation cycle and are used for communicating territorial limits and availability for mating. Tiger scent mark their presence using different methods mentioned below:
The life in wild is very unique and full of mysteries waiting to be discovered. Everyday in wild is a new journey and thrill of seeing some new behaviour is very addictive. If you wish to discover and see thrill of tiger communicating you must spend sometime with spirits of wild. I’m sure they will be more than happy to welcome you in their world, as they always welcome me!