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More than half of the world’s tiger population is in India, and thanks to sustained conservation efforts, the numbers are well on an increase. There’s no better way to start the new year than by getting to know these majestic big cats

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While able to achieve bursts above 56 km/hr, the tiger is built for strength, not sustained speed. Short, powerful legs propel his trademark lethal lunge

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After years of panic-stricken reports on dwindling tiger numbers and alarming habitat loss, the latest tiger census in India has shown a heartening 30 per cent rise in numbers – up from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014. Almost half of the world’s population of tigers calls India’s lush jungles and forest reserves home, and now with tiger-spotting season on till June, there is as good a chance as any of catching these majestic animals in action. Of the many tiger sanctuaries in India, Ranthambore in Rajasthan, Bandhavgarh and Kanha in Madhya Pradesh, Corbett in Uttarakhand and Tadoba in Maharashtra are tourist favourites.

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tiger3Nature and nurture

Watching a tigress with her cubs is an exhilarating experience. A mother will rarely leave her cubs unattended for the first two months, and will act as their mother, trainer and protector till they are about 18 months old, when they are ready to venture out on their own. This image captures a playful moment between a mother and her cubs at the Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

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New reserves

Apart from the 50-odd national parks in India, the government, in accordance with approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), has proposed the creation of three more – Ratapani in Madhya Pradesh, Sunabeda in Odisha and Guru Ghasidas in Chhattisgarh. The NTCA has also given its final approval to a proposal to declare Kudremukh National Park in Karnataka and Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand as tiger reserves. Tigers are solitary creatures with clearly marked territories ranging from 60 sq km-100 sq km, and their fights for domain are aggressive and often lethal. As such, restoring as much of their natural habitat as possible is a strong step towards conservation.

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