When you travel through India and see the Beautiful and Majestic Palaces and Forts you will also see countless “Stuffed Animals” which were heartlessly Hunted to decorate these Royal abodes.

Many species like the Asiatic Cheetah ( Acinonyx jubatus ventaticus)  have been driven to extinction in India, whereas some species like Tigers are now  restricted to Wildlife Parks and Sanctuaries. 

Stuffed Heads of Animals are mounted onto wooden boards ,as is the Head of the  Gaur ( English)  , Bos gaurus ( Scientific Name) in the picture below,  and are called “TROPHIES”.

These “Trophies” are then proudly displayed in the abodes of esrtwhile Maharajas and Kings symbolizing  the valour of their Forefathers.


The Featured Photograph has Mounted Heads of  the Graceful and Majestic Deer “Bara Singhas” ( that with 12 horns) , Swamp Deer ( English), Rucervus duvaucelli ( Scientific Name) which is now constricted to the Terrai region ( Dudhwa Wildlife sanctuary) , a spot in Central India( Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary) and Assam( Kazhiranga ) . This Unique Deer once roamed across the entire  Indian Subcontinent but is now extinct in Pakistan and Bangladesh.

Indian or Asiatic Lion ( English).  Panthera leo persica ( Scientific name) can today  be found ONLY  in the Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat, India. The Indian Lion is still Endangered and was on the verge of Extinction.

This Specimen is now in a Glass Box marked Number 26 and must survive on Grass.

lion is box number 26
Asiatic Lion in a Box

The River Monster , the Giant Devil Catfish (English), Goonch Fish, Bagarius yarrelli ( Scientific Name) also inhabits the fast flowing and deep waters of the Chambal River .

A Stuffed Indian Leopard ( Panthera pardus fusca) can be seen in the background in the picture below.

Fortunately both are neither Endangered or Extinct.

fish and cheetah
GOONCH Fish on the Table as a  Leopard looks On

While Smoking did not Kill the Gharial ( English) , Gavialis gangeticus ( Scientific Name) in the picture below, hunting for “Trophies” surely has driven them to be Critically Endangered.

The Gharial is a unique fish eating crocodile which is Native to India and now found in the Wild in the  Chambal River. ( please checkout earlier posts titled CURSED YET ENCHANTED RIVER , OVER THE CLIFF, EGYPTIAN ROOST and THE GREAT CANYON OF INDIA)


If you are Enchanted by Trophies , skip going on Safaris as you may not find what you seek in Forests.

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mukul chand

51 year old entrepreneur who has traveled extensively around the world for work and pleasure , is based in New Delhi, India. A passionate traveler born with a love for flora and fauna, is an active naturalist and amateur photographer. Here he shares his unique insight into Incredible India revealing its mysterious and exotic treasures. Writing from his heart he shares his experiences as he crisscrosses this vast and amazing land.

44 thoughts on ““TROPHIES””

  1. the senseless and needless slaughter continues in every country on every continent. extinction? probably not… we breed them now by the millions just to kill for our plates. animals bred and kept just to kill and wear. all without biological need.
    if you are really horrified by the slaughter of these majestic animals just for trophies, please consider going Vegan or at least Vegetarian. For the Animals, for the Planet, for your Health and your Family.

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  2. I find it sad that these animals were put up as trophies, especially the ones that are now endangered. Your photographs made me think of the stuffed Great Auk in the Icelandic Museum of Natural History. The Great Auk was a rare flightless species of bird that lived in Iceland, it was hunted to extinction by European collectors. Makes me sad that we no longer have these great birds in the wild, only in museums. Hopefully India’s endangered species won’t suffer the same fate.

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  3. Stumbled upon your blog while I wandered on WP! And how glad am I! Your posts bring out some beautiful things from the Indian culture…the photographs are raw and offer a unique view into life here…Cheers…Looking forward to more posts. Do stop by my blog if you have a moment.

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  4. I am learning about the beauty of India through your blog, and I am grateful to you for this.
    I am not a vegetarian, but I understand why people choose to be. I do not know why sport hunting isn’t something we have not yet evolved beyond, and I feel immense gratitude for the animals which I consume, and I would not be willing to use their remains as some sort of sick show. I would not be proud; it does not reflect gratitude, respect, or admiration at all.

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