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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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