Located near Aravalli Hill, surrounded by corn fields, Bera, in the state of Rajasthan, impresses visitors with its wild beauty. Shatrunjay Pratap, wildlife conservationist, says the leopard sighting rate in Bera is 90%. About 50 leopards live here, in the rocky outcrops between the cultivated fields and the thorny desert. The villagers of Bera (India) adore the god of the wild Shiva. They are always looking for ways to coexist, grow with leopards, one of the most feared predators.
“Visitors can’t believe it,” said Pratap, who runs a tourist homestay looking for cheetahs in Bera. “Someone spent many years traveling around Africa and never saw a leopard. However, within 1-2 hours, they have admired one or even two leopards.” This land is not only a wildlife sanctuary, but also an area where many people and animals are concentrated.
The leopard’s conspicuous presence is due to its unique relationship with the native Rabari people. This is a shepherd community that migrated to Rajasthan from Iran about 1,000 years ago. Visitors here can see people wearing white ao dai, red turbines, silver amulets and long sticks on their shoulders while tending livestock. They are followers of Shiva – the god of wildness.
Cheetahs sometimes break into the barn at night, bringing with them a calf, goat or sheep. For each lost cattle, villagers will receive about $ 28 in compensation from the state’s Ministry of Forestry. Slaughtered cattle are considered sacrifices. They believe that the gods will give more.
The leopard does not seem to see humans as a threat. Elsewhere in India, about 90-100 people die and nearly 1,000 are injured by leopards each year. Despite the large concentration of leopards, there have been no attacks on the people of Bera in over a century.
Coming to Bera, visitors can see images of leopards lying on the cliffs or moving around the temples of local people. Many people are surprised to see the newspaper moving freely, even near the area where many people celebrate. This is how life plays out in this strange land.
Due to geographical conditions and increasing number of newspapers, Bere is becoming an attraction for tourists who love to explore wildlife. Besides leopards, you can also see many migratory birds, crocodiles, wolves, bears and hyenas in this area.