Kanha

Space crunch for tigers

Print edition : March 16, 2018

Breeding tigresses are important to maintain a viable population of the animal. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

India harbours around 57 per cent of the world’s tiger population of some 3,900. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

The famous Neelam of the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh with her four cubs. Photo: Sudhir Mishra

The endangered barasingha, which is endemic to Kanha, at a relocated village site. Photo: Anant Zanjale

Chital that were translocated to a relocated village site. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh

An aerial view of the boma arrangement, which is used to capture and transport ungulates. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

The famous Bamhanidadar plateau, the highest point in the tiger reserve, is now a completely inviolate wildlife habitat. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh

Inviolate wildlife habitats are critical for a good prey base for tigers. Photo: Subharanjan Sen

One of the most majestic wildlife species, the tiger has a chequered conservation history. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

Excellent waterbodies such as this are also part of the reclaimed wildlife habitat. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

Villages exert biotic pressure on critical tiger habitats. Photo: R.B. Pathak

Villages exert biotic pressure on critical tiger habitats. Photo: Suresh Deshmukh

The blackbuck. It had become locally extinct at Kanha and was reintroduced some years ago. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

Excellent natal areas are important to maintain a viable tiger population. Photo: Sanjay K. Shukla

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