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Protecting the tiger habitat

A stable tiger population in India in the past four decades sends out a clear signal that there is a need to establish “conservation zones” where all development activity is prohibited.
Munna, one of the most photographed tigers, in his habitat in Kanha.Photo: ANAT ZANZALE
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Prolific breeders, chital are the commonest prey of tigers. The survival of the tiger is directly dependent on the ungulate population in a protected area.Photo: ANANT ZANZALE
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Tigers are solitary animals and need an inviolate space throughout their lives.Photo: Anant Zanzale
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In areas with high tiger density, tiger deaths owing to fierce infighting is common.Photo: Naren Malik
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A herd of gaur at a pool in Kanha. The habitat improvement programme ensures that species with different food habits can coexist in a protected area.Photo: Anant Zanzale
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Such a sight was unimaginable a few years ago when there was a village.Photo: Anant Zanzale
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The barasingha (swamp deer) population in Kanha has not only increased, but the founders from Kanha have also established a geographically endemic population at the Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh.Photo: Subharajan Sen
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Co-predators like leopards survive in tiger land because of niche partitioning of food habits.Photo: Anant Zanzale
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An old village pond.Photo: Sudhir Mishra
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The landscape, after a village was relocated, has perfectly integrated into the wildlife habitat.Photo: SUDHIR MISHRA
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Male Asian paradise flycatcher.Photo: Aniruddha Dhamorikar
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Only in a protected area can steps be taken to conserve an endangered and endemic cervid such as the swamp deer.Photo: Subharanjan Sen
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