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Tyger Tyger, burning bright...In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye, Could frame thy fearful symmetry? 

International Tiger Day is celebrated on July 29th to spread awareness of the fact that tigers are now one of the species that are almost nearing extinction.  This celebration is a reminder of the agreement signed by countries in the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia in 2010 regarding the decreasing tiger population globally.  It was also declared that the tiger populated countries would make efforts to almost double the population by 2022.  According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are only 3900 wild tigers globally.  From the beginning of the 20th century, about 95% of the tiger population has been lost in various activities like poaching, habitat loss and climate changes.  Tigers are one of the most majestic and royal species that we have seen globally.  They are called the "Umbrella Species" as their conservation also conserve many other species in the same habitat.

Tiger, also called Panthera tigris is one of the largest cat species.  It is an alpha predator that preys on animals like deer and wild boar.  The  Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India.  India has always been leading in conserving its national animal.  In 1973, India launched "Project Tiger".  There are 51 reserves today under this program. This project has allowed India to have the maximum number of tigers in the world.  India noticed a 30% increase of tigers from 1706 to 2010.  The latest tiger estimation report shows India's tiger population to be 2967 tigers.  This is the highest number of tigers a country has globally.  India has 75% of the tiger population amongst the total global tiger population.  

Tigers are versatile beasts.  They can accomplish a jump well over 32 feet thanks to their long hind legs!  This means they can jump on top of an elephant in order to kill it.  They don't mind taking risks when hunting.  They are blessed with a humongous size (males average 488 pounds and have an average total length of 110 to 120 inches with the tail being 33 to 43 inches long, and stand 35 to 43 inches tall in height at the shoulders), supreme intelligence (they are the most intelligent big cats on earth, and are among the smartest animals alive), deadly bite-force, muscular bodies and powerful forequarters, have the biggest canine teeth of any feline alive ( approximately 4 inches long), the deadliest paw-swipes of any big cat, retractable claws perfect for climbing trees and the strength of 13 men!!  With a roar that can startle or paralyze even elephants,  it is a force to be reckoned with!!

Tigers are known to play a role in the raising of cubs and provide  protection against other male tigers.  While male tigers have been know to devour their own cubs they do display a gentle father side as well.  They play with their cubs and can express love to their little ones.  While being solitary creatures, they are far more social than  their lion cousins.  They will share their kills with their families without ever fighting them, letting the females and cubs eat first.  Tigers are the only living striped cats, and not only is their fur striped, but their skin is too.  As a land based predator they are great swimmers.  Tigers can swim a river as wide as 4.3 miles across and might swim up to 18 miles a day as they patrol their territory.  They mark their territory with urine and due to the subtleties in the smell of urine tigers can tell the age, gender and reproductive condition of other tigers enabling them to know who's coming their way.  Tiger's urine smells strangely of buttered popcorn.  The tiger's tongue is covered in fleshy bristles that allow it to comb its hair as it washes itself........they never have a bad hair day!

We call this image "Hiding" as we almost missed him.  Lying low and behind the tall grass,  he was cleaning his paws.  We actually had to back track to get this image.  It was taken in the Kahna National Park, which was created on June 1, 1955 and designated a tiger reserve in 1973.   It encompasses an area of 360 square miles and is one of the biggest tiger reserves in the country and the largest national park in central India.  In 2014, it was said to have 80 tigers in the reserve.  It is located in the Madhya Pradesh State, which houses 6 tiger reserves and has the highest number of tigers in India, a total of 526.

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"There is no off switch on a tiger."
--  German Proverb