VUFF-004 was activated on 15th and 16th September 2009 with the call VU2UR/FF
Bandipur National Park, established in 1974 as a tiger reserve under Project Tiger, is a national park located in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It was once a private hunting reserve for the Maharaja of the Kingdom of Mysore. Bandipur is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant.
The park spans an area of 874 square kilometers (337 sq mi), protecting several species of India's endangered wildlife. Together with the adjoining Nagarhole National Park (643 km2 (248 sq mi)), Mudumalai National Park (320 km2 (120 sq mi)) and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (344 km2 (133 sq mi)), it
is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve totaling 2,183 km2 (843 sq mi)
making it the largest protected area in southern India.
is located in Gundlupet taluq of Chamarajanagar district. It is about
80 kilometers (50 mi) from the city of Mysore on the route to a major
tourist destination of Ooty. As a result, Bandipur sees a lot of
tourist traffic and there are a lot of wildlife fatalities caused by
speeding vehicles that are reported each year. There is a ban on traffic
from the hours of dusk to dawn to help bring down deaths of wildlife.