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It’s not all about he who roars the loudest!

Much like half of the population (we imagine), we’ve been eagerly awaiting the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book. The animals, the cast and the big screen action make this version of Kipling’s iconic novel, pure magic. But, we feel a little bad…

Shere Khan has been getting some serious publicity these days. What about the Hathis, the Kaas, the Bagheeras and of course the Baloos. We’ve narrowed it down and created our own top 5 animals we love to spot in India (sorry Shere Khan, you didn’t make the cut today!).

If nature were to put on a show in Ranthambore, you’d want front row seats...so here’s your ultimate guide to India’s finest wildlife.

Can you guess who’s who before you scroll?

1. I’m one of the gentlest giants in Asia and unlike my African cousins, I have much smaller ears (some would say the shape of India itself) and only some of us have tusks.

The elephant (Hathi)

ElephantHathi

2. I’m scaly and silent and considered one of the most endangered species in India. I’m often camouflaged when I’m lounging in the trees and if I have a big meal, I sometimes don’t eat for a whole year!

Indian Rock Python (Kaa) 

Kaa

3. I can often be found meandering along the motorway, accompanied by cars, rickshaws and cows. I’m a pretty odd shape but I think my one hump makes me stand out from the crowd: the way I like it.

The common camel

camel

4. I’m a cheeky chappie who has often been likened to the average Brighton seagull. One quick swoop and your biryani will be mine. I’m grey in colour and like to hang out with my tribe at Pushkar Lake; even if my tail does get wet every now and then.

Monkeys

MonkeysJungle Book monkeys

5. I love to spend my days hanging upside down in the trees and I come alive at night-time, flying from tree to tree in search of berries.

Indian Flying Fox

Indian Flying Fox

* The Jungle Book images courtesy of Disney Wikia.

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