Shambu's Wildshots
Bengal Tiger
Illustrator: Savio Mascarenhas & Manas Bhagwat


  • The Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) ranks among the biggest wild cat species in the world. Tigers are one of the big five of wildlife photography in the world and vital to the health of the planet and to our future.
  • They inhabit parts of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, and southern Tibet.
  • They are known for their iconic bright orange coat with vertical black stripes. They can grow up to 3 metres long from head to tail and can weigh nearly 260 kg. They primarily prey on deer and wild boar.
  • The tiger is the national animal of India and is given the highest protection under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 of the Constitution of India.

  • According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) 2018 tiger census, India is home to 2,967 tigers, that is nearly 70 per cent of the global tiger population.
  • Listed as globally endangered, tigers are extremely vulnerable to habitat loss and large-scale poaching.
  • WTI’s Wildlife Crime Control Division has successfully executed 27 anti-poaching operations.
  • WTI’s Terai Tiger Project and Sundarbans Project help resolve conflict between humans and big cat species in and around Dudhwa and Pilibhit Tiger Reserves and Sundarban delta respectively. The projects promoted community participation as well.
  • WTI, in collaboration with governments and local communities, is working to conserve and protect our national animal.

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