Grasslands for the tiger

Print edition : October 27, 2017

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

In an extremely anthropogenic landscape, it has become important to launch a habitat and prey-base restoration programme for recovery of tiger numbers in India across a wide range of wildlife ecosystems.
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