India’s incredible ‘Big Five’ mammals

India is home to a diverse variety of wildlife and has its own 'Big Five' must-see mammals. Our photo gallery features Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, greater one-horned rhinos, Indian leopards, and gaurs.

There are 6 subspecies of tiger; the Bengal tiger subspecies is found on the Indian subcontinent. © Supriya Dam

In this photo gallery, wildlife photographer Supriya Dam shares her ‘Big Five’ animals of India, including Asian elephants, Bengal tigers, greater one-horned rhinos, Indian leopards, and gaurs.

About the photographer

Supriya Dam is an avid wildlife photographer and nature lover. She has been travelling across India more then a decade now (since 2006) to photograph amazing bio- diversity of India.

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Many of her photographs has been published both in online and offline media and book titles.

View more of Supriya’s photos on her Instagram.

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To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.

The Asian elephant is the largest mammal on the Asian continent. © Supriya Dam
Asian elephants can spend up to 19 hours a day feeding – typically on grasses, but their diet can also include leaves, roots, stems, and bark. © Supriya Dam
Asian elephants are classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. © Supriya Dam
The tiger is 1 of 4 big cat species found in India, the others are: lion, leopard, and snow leopard. © Supriya Dam
There are 6 subspecies of tiger; the Bengal tiger subspecies is found on the Indian subcontinent. © Supriya Dam
Female tigers give birth to between 2 and 6 cubs, which stay with their mother for 2 to 3 years. © Supriya Dam
Unlike most other cats, tigers are strong swimmers, and will often use pools and streams to cool down. © Supriya Dam
The greater one-horned rhinoceros is the largest of the 5 extant rhino species. © Supriya Dam
Listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, the overall numbers of greater one-horned rhinos are increasing thanks to strict protections. © Supriya Dam
Baby rhinos stay with their mothers for up to 2 years. © Supriya Dam
The Indian leopard is 1 of 9 subspecies of leopard, and is found in the Indian subcontinent. © Supriya Dam
The Indian leopard subspecies has larger rosettes than other leopards. © Supriya Dam
Leopards are good climbers and rely on trees for cover. © Supriya Dam
The gaur, also known as the Indian bison, is the largest extant species of bovine. © Supriya Dam
Fighting between male gaurs is limited, as dominance is normally determined by size. © Supriya Dam