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Bengal Tiger

Bengal TigerTiger is the largest living member of the cat family. It has an excellent eye-sight and good hearing with well developed ear flaps. They have large canine teeth and strong, powerful jaws. Its paws are heavily padded and coloration is bright fawn to reddish tan, shading to white underneath and sharply marked with uneven gray, brown black stripes generally in a vertical direction. The fur on the belly is white with black stripes. White Bengal tigers (with white fur and black stripes) are very rare in the wild.

Habitat
These powerful and swift mammals found throughout India from the foothills of Himalayas at Corbett National Park to Bandipur in the peninsular India; from the swamps of the Sunderbans to the desert land at Ranthambore. In tropical jungles, marsh lands and tall grasslands in fragmented areas of Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Bhuton and Burma.

Size
The length of the tigers can measure up to 10 feet and has a weight ranging from 180 to 260 kgs for males and around 135 kg for females.

Diet
The Indian tiger is a carnivorous creature of hypnotic power and strength. Varying according to the locality, the tiger's diet comprises of deers, antelopes, gaurs, buffaloes and wild pigs. Sometimes, it also captures birds, lizards, fowls, carrions, turtles, fishes, frogs and crabs. Tigers hunt on their own and usually lead a solitary existence, each in its own territory. Tigers are heavier predators than lions, and average about 50 deer each, per year. Man-eating and cattle-killing are usually attributed to older tigers, injured tigers, or young adults unable to leave an over-crowded territory.

Social Structure
Bengal Tiger, India The Bengal Tiger is an exclusive dominating beast that prefers isolation. The life span of a Bengal Tiger on an average is probably not more than 15 years in the wild and 16 to 18 years in controlled environments. Both sexes mark territories but a male's territory will overlap several females' territories. Tigers are polyestrous but most commonly conceive after the monsoon rains. Cubs are weaned at 4-6 months but depend on their mother for food and protection for another two years. Their maximun longevity is about 26 years.

Ecology and Conservation
At the beginning of the 20th century, the country had over forty thousand tigers that has been on a decline ever since. The reasons for tiger becoming an endangered species are uncontrolled felling of trees resulting in the shrinkage of the habitat of the tiger, decrease of preys, increase of poaching for its beautiful skin. The extinction forced the government of India to launch the "Project Tiger" to get hold of the dwindling count of the Indian tigers, in 1973. Initially, 9 wildlife sanctuaries were declared as tiger reserves that has now increased to 19 covering an area of 33,000 sq. kms in 14 states. The beauty of the royal bengal cat can now be seen in its natural surroundings in these conserved areas.

Status
They have been listed by USFWS as endangered and protected by CITES

General Information
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: Tigris
Common Name: Tiger
Class: Mammalia


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Wildlife Tour - IVP-014
Duration: 14 Nights / 15 Days
Place Covered: Delhi - Jim Corbett National Park - Dudhwa Naitional Park - Lucknow - Varanasi - Khajuraho - Bandhavgarh - Kanha - Nagpur - Delhi
Wildlife Holiday - IVP-016
Duration: 28 Nights / 29 Days
Place Covered: Delhi- Hardwar - Rishikesh - Jim corbett - Nainital - Almora - Jabalpur - Kanha - Bandhavgarh - Khajuraho - Varanasi
Golden Triangle with Wildlife Tour - IVP-012
Duration: 8 Nights / 9 Days Tour
Place Covered: Delhi-Sariska-Jaipur-Ranthambhore-Bharatpur-Agra-Delhi



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