In pictures: Kerala photographer captures the elusive black panther in Palakkad

WildlifeThe photographs were captured by 43-year-old Jyothish Kuriako in Kava, near Malampuzha dam, located in Palakkad district of Kerala. Azeefa FathimaAll pics: Jyothish KuriakoFor years, Jyothish Kuriako has been traversing the borders...

In pictures: Kerala photographer captures the elusive black panther in Palakkad
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FOR years, Jyothish Kuriako has been traversing the borders of the forests in Kava of Palakkad district, clicking pictures of wild animals that he’d spot there.
 
But on May 28, Jyothish was stunned. For, standing metres away from him, were two regal big cats — a leopard and a black panther.
 
“Last week, I went after my duty and as usual, waited outside the forest. Suddenly I spotted the black panther. Though I have seen black panthers previously, this is the first time that I was able to click a proper picture,” he said.
 
The 43-year-old works in a government office in Palakkad, but taking wildlife photographs without entering into the wilderness is his speciality.
 
“I have loved forests and wilderness since I was a child,” Jyothish tells TNM. “So I wander at the borders, without stepping into the forest. There’s a rocky terrain at the border of the forest and from a road located some distance away, one can spot many wild animals.
 
"Early in the morning and in the evening, these animals come down to sit there and that is when I capture photographs. I wait in some private land below or on the road, so most of my pictures will be long-shots. I think there could more black panthers in the forest but this is the first time that I have managed to get a photograph. I think it is a female,” he adds.