Tiger and some home truths

Print edition : January 10, 2014

Tigers are prolific breeders, and with their physical attributes and hunting skills, they have always stayed at the top of the biological pyramid.

Tiger cubs disperse from their mother as sub-adults and explorative vagrants, and need secured areas for movement. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

The leopard, almost an equally charismatic predator, also faces threat from poaching. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

A viable population of tigers needs a good prey base, whose survival itself depends crucially on healthy grasslands in a terrestrial habitat. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

As the four-yearly tiger estimation begins, a look at some of the measures that need to be taken to conserve tigers in the face of developmental pressures.
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