India's Western Ghats

The Western Ghats are a 1000-mile mountain range that runs down the West Coast of India. They have been a haven for ancient creatures like the giant purple frogs, which have lived here since the time of the dinosaurs. When India joined onto Asia around 40 million years ago, the Ghats served as a forest corridor down the length of India for waves of creatures migrating from Africa and Asia. Mutant hornbills, the mysterious slender loris, the world's rarest macaque, termite-eating sloth bears and India's most iconic predator, the tiger, all used the Ghats to expand their range, or as a refuge from the increasingly arid heart of India.