In the picture: A beautiful 3-4 years old tigress from Kabini, Karnataka
Looks like she enjoyed the attention, as graceful, as majestic and as ignorant as ever! Why not? As an apex predator, she is at the top of the food chain, isn’t she!? We were indeed graced ~20 mins of her time while our cameras shutter burst into action.
You must know that the Tiger is the largest member of the cat family (not the lion). The largest being Siberian Tiger, which can grow up to 11 feet (including tail) in length and males weighing more than 300 kgs.
There were once nine subspecies of tigers: Bengal, Siberian, Indochinese, South Chinese, Sumatran, Malayan, Caspian, Javan and Bali. Of these, the last three are extinct, one is extinct in the wild, and the rest are endangered. This is a Bengal Tiger, a sub-species that is ‘Endangered’.
In spite of extensive conservation efforts, we have just a little over 2200 (as per the last tiger estimation nos) Tigers left in India (India hosts about 70% of the total wild tigers in the world), majority of the threat being poaching and habitat loss.
Good news is that, India today has almost twice the number of tigers than it did a decade ago. However, the threats to India’s big cats remain as potent as ever, there were at least 50 poaching-related deaths in 2016 alone as per Wildlife Protection Society of India, highest in 15 years.
Good to know:
Did you know that every tiger in the world is unique – no two tigers have the same pattern of stripes..!?
More interesting facts of this marvel can be found here: natgeokids.com/…/di…/animals/general-animals/10-tiger-facts/ & sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/tiger.html