Wildlife

Saving the tiger’s land

Print edition : August 05, 2016

Munna, one of the most photographed tigers, in his habitat in Kanha. Photo: ANAT ZANZALE

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

Tigers are solitary animals and need an inviolate space throughout their lives. Photo: Anant Zanzale

In areas with high tiger density, tiger deaths owing to fierce infighting is common. Photo: Naren Malik

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

Such a sight was unimaginable a few years ago when there was a village. Photo: Anant Zanzale

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

Co-predators like leopards survive in tiger land because of niche partitioning of food habits. Photo: Anant Zanzale

An old village pond. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

The landscape, after a village was relocated, has perfectly integrated into the wildlife habitat. Photo: SUDHIR MISHRA

Male Asian paradise flycatcher. Photo: Aniruddha Dhamorikar

Only in a protected area can steps be taken to conserve an endangered and endemic cervid such as the swamp deer. Photo: Subharanjan Sen

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.
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