Wild Haven was originally a hunting lodge (1901 – 1986) which later got converted into a resort, situated at the foothills of the beautiful Nilgiris Mountain, on the edge of the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve. And this makes our experience with wildlife very unique, much admired and not easily replicated.
Mudumalai is known to house hundreds of species of birds amongst the big cats and other herbivores. Of 15 cat species in India, four live in Mudumalai: Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, jungle cat and leopard cat. Mudumalai Tiger Reserve has the highest density of tigers in the country. The single largest tiger population in India (Mudumalai – Nagarhole – Wayanad) includes the Mudumalai tigers. These tigers are a breeding source for populating the northern and eastern parts of the Western Ghats. This high population exists due to the high density of prey species thriving in its deciduous forests. The Indian leopard is most often seen in the Kargudi area. Other carnivores include the dhole (Wild dogs), the striped hyena and the sloth bear.
The population of Indian elephants in Mudumalai region runs to a few hundreds. Primates found here include the Grey Langur and the Bonnet Macaque.
Important prey animals for tigers and panthers here are the ungulates including the Gaur, Sambar deer, Chital deer, Indian muntjac, the Indian spotted chevrotain and the Wild boar, all of whom are common here. Rodents include the Indian giant squirrel and the red giant flying squirrel.
Eight percent of bird species in India occur in the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Among the 227 bird species found in Mudumalai.
Regional endemics include Malabar trogon and Malabar grey hornbill. Some rare birds of prey like the Rufous-bellied hawk eagle can occasionally be seen. Other predatory birds include Crested hawk-eagle, Crested serpent eagle, Changeable hawk eagle, Black eagle, Jerdon's baza, Bonelli's eagle, crested goshawk, Mottled wood owl and Brown hawk owl.
There are other species such as Hornbill, Paradise flycatcher, Golden-backed woodpecker, Lesser yellownape, Golden woodpecker, Streak-throated woodpecker, Chestnut-headed bee-eater, Emerald dove, Grey-bellied cuckoo, Indian cuckoo, Greater racket-tailed drongo, Black-headed cuckooshrike, Grey-headed bulbul, Crimson-backed sunbird and Loten's sunbird. It also holds the isolated southern population of the Striped tit-babbler.