Tiger Watching, Kaziranga

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This image was photographed in Kaziranga’s central range on March 31st, 2013.

The tiger was in the grass close to the watchtower, and tourists, including my groups, had congregated in the tower to wait and watch. As the tiger began walking back towards the road there was a crazy rush back down to the track – some groups got into their jeeps and drove up to the tiger, others ran along the track from the tower.

From the watchtower my … Read More

Tiger – Gaur Face-off, Bandhavgarh

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I was on a evening drive in the Magdhi zone of Bandhavgarh national park when I came across this big male tiger. He was walking along the fence that was erected to contain gaur when they were reintroduced to Bandhavgarh from Kanha. Suddenly the tiger froze. I couldn’t figure out why. He had certainly detected something,  but I couldn’t see it. After about ten minutes he walked back on the road and suddenly I saw him face to face with … Read More

When Protectors Break the Law!

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On 4th May 2013, these two guards — one seen taking photos and another next to him (not in pic) — were on foot just a few metres away from this huge male tiger in the Telia range of the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve. When questioned about their behavior, they were rude and said the law did not apply to them. Soon, a furious exchange of words happened between a few tourists and the guards and later a formal complaint … Read More

Q: Why is spotting a tiger in South India very rare? But in North India when we enter a tiger reserve, we often spot a tiger. What is the difference between the north and the south?

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Answer from Shekar Dattatri, Conservation India:

This is actually not a matter of north Indian tigers vs south Indian tigers but one of habituated tigers vs non-habituated tigers.

In some parks, like Kanha and Bandhavgarh, tigers in the tourism zone have become habituated to riding elephants carrying tourists and to tourists in vehicles. When a female tiger becomes habituated, her cubs too learn not to fear riding elephants or tourists in vehicles. Several generations of tigers in the above-mentioned parks … Read More

Supreme Court order for the Tiger Tourism Case dated 29th August 2012

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ITEM NO.1 COURT NO.9 SECTION IVA

S U P R E M E  C O U R T  O F  I N D I A
RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS

Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No(s).21339/2011

(From the judgment and order dated 19/01/2011 in WP No. 12351/2010 of The HIGH COURT OF MADHYA PRADESH AT JABALPUR)

AJAY DUBEY Petitioner(s)

VERSUS

NATIONAL TIGER CONSERVATION AUTH. & ORS. Respondent(s)
(With application for permission to file additional documents, directions, exemption from filing Official … Read More

Expand Reserves, Involve Locals in Tiger Tourism — On Record Dr. Ullas Karanth

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Originally an engineer, Ullas Karanth decided to become a professionally trained wildlife biologist. A Senior Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Dr Karanth has adjunct teaching faculty status at the National Centre for Biological Studies, Bangalore (part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research), and at the Department of Wildlife Biology, University of Minnesota. He has conducted pioneering long-term research on the ecology of tigers and other large mammals. Dr Karanth was elected member of the Indian Academy … Read More