First sight of Royalty in the wild- Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris)   2 comments

First sight of Royalty in the wild- Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris)

I have been scouring the forests of Southern India, for a glimpse of this regal creature. But it was in Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, in western India, that I finally got my first sighting in the wild. It was a majestic male called T28.

It being the national animal of India, I have grown up watching tigers in the zoos; but believe me watching a wild tiger from close quarters is indeed an experience. The raw power that this animal commands and the awe that it inspires can only be experienced when you come across it in the wild. Unfortunately, these majestic animals continue to be in the endangered list. Poaching and man animal conflict continues un-abated in India. A big part of the problem is that bones and other body parts of Tigers are essential ingredients of many Chinese medicines. And poachers are willing to go to lengths to procure the same and this is inspite of seemingly stringent conservation efforts. One can only hope that better sense would prevail as the conservation of this top predator effectively ensures the conservation of an entire food chain involving both flora and fauna.

Tigers can be identified from their unique stripes, but this one has a black star mark over its left eyebrow thus making its identification even easier.

2 responses to “First sight of Royalty in the wild- Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris)

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  1. Congratulations Amit!

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