The Black Gold of Tadoba!
We have heard about Bagheera in ‘The Jungle Book’, written by Rudyard Kipling. In India, there are records of the melanistic leopards in the North East and South Western India. It was a feeling of joy and surprise, when we got to see this psuedomelanistic leopard in Tadoba National Park for the first time. This melanistic leopard was initially seen towards the South Eastern part of Tadoba and had migrated towards the North; about sixty kilometres in less than five months time. Tadoba is one place in Central India where currently one of the ‘Bagheeras’ live. Melanism occurs in leopards and other animals because of the excessive melanin pigment that gives colouration to the hair and other parts. When the recessive gene expression becomes dominant it might cause melanism.