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Conservation

The tiger in its habitat

The Indian subcontinent can support around 3,700 tigers if there is a large track of quality habitat which has an abundance of prey and is free from poaching.
In the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
In the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.Photo: S.S. Sen
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Taking a stroll in the Jim Corbett landscape, Uttarakhand.
Taking a stroll in the Jim Corbett landscape, Uttarakhand.Photo: Bivash Pandav/Wildlife Institute of India
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A roaming foursome, an uncommon sight, at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.
A roaming foursome, an uncommon sight, at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan.Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh
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Descending a slope. One tiger needs 50 chital-sized deer in a year to sustain itself. A hungry large male can eat 15-20 kg of meat at one go, but it can also go without food with no apparent ill-effects for up to 10 days.
Descending a slope. One tiger needs 50 chital-sized deer in a year to sustain itself. A hungry large male can eat 15-20 kg of meat at one go, but it can also go without food with no apparent ill-effects for up to 10 days.Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh
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In the Sundarbans, West Bengal. The small size of the Sundarbans tiger is an adaptation for living in the marshy mangrove habitat.
In the Sundarbans, West Bengal. The small size of the Sundarbans tiger is an adaptation for living in the marshy mangrove habitat.Photo: Rishikumar Sharma/WWF-India
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Cooling themselves in a pool in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.
Cooling themselves in a pool in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve.Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh
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A tigress marking a tree. The spray is clearly visible.
A tigress marking a tree. The spray is clearly visible.Photo: Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj/Rajasthan Forest Department
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Smelling a tree which possibly has already been sprayed.
Smelling a tree which possibly has already been sprayed.Photo: K.V. Uthaman/Kerala Forest Department
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A rare portrait of a mother with three cubs in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.
A rare portrait of a mother with three cubs in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh
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Tigers in reserves such as Ranthambore are habituated to tourists in vehicles.
Tigers in reserves such as Ranthambore are habituated to tourists in vehicles.Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh
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