Tiger at home

Print edition : August 08, 2014

In the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Photo: S.S. Sen

Taking a stroll in the Jim Corbett landscape, Uttarakhand. Photo: Bivash Pandav/Wildlife Institute of India

A roaming foursome, an uncommon sight, at the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan. Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh

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

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

Cooling themselves in a pool in the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh

A tigress marking a tree. The spray is clearly visible. Photo: Gobind Sagar Bhardwaj/Rajasthan Forest Department

Smelling a tree which possibly has already been sprayed. Photo: K.V. Uthaman/Kerala Forest Department

A rare portrait of a mother with three cubs in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh

Tigers in reserves such as Ranthambore are habituated to tourists in vehicles. Photo: Aditya Singh/Ranthambore Bagh

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.
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