Habitat and tiger conservation

At the Parambikulam tiger reserve, which supports diverse habitat types. Photo: ANANT ZANJALE
These super cats need tranquillity or, technically speaking, large inviolate expanses for resting, loafing, breeding and rearing their cubs. Photo: SANJAY KUMAR SHUKLA
Barasingha at Kanha. Special habitat improvement practices are needed for this species of deer. Photo: ANIRUDDHA DHAMORIKAR
The tiger is at the top of the ecological pyramid, with no predator of its own, but is threatened with a wide range of challenges. Photo: SANJAY KUMAR SHUKLA
The grasslands of Corbett also support mega-herbivores such as elephants. Photo: NIKHILESH TRIVEDI
The gaur, also known as the Indian bison, is a grazer and browser. Photo: ANANT ZANJALE
At the Namdapha tiger reserve, which is home to special Himalayan, Indo-Burmese and Indo-Chinese floral attributes. Photo: ANANT ZANJALE
Tigers need a good prey base for their survival. Photo: SANJAY KUMAR SHUKLA
The sambar is an important prey species for the tiger. Photo: SUDHIR MISHRA
The hog deer was once a chief prey of the tiger at Corbett. Its population has drastically shrunk owing to habitat loss. Photo: NIKHILESH TRIVEDI
A deer herd crossing in Corbett, which is home to vast grasslands and well-distributed water. Photo: NIKHILESH TRIVEDI
An alpine meadow of Uttarkashi in Uttaranchal. It is also regarded as a semi-natural grassland. Photo: G.S. RAWAT
The hard ground barasingha. Photo: SUDHIR MISHRA