The tiger is the largest of the big cats and is regarded as one of the world's charismatic megafauna. Numerous travellers enjoy seeing the elusive and beautiful animal in its natural habitat.
|“||The tiger's roar filled the cave with thunder. Mother Wolf shook herself clear of the cubs and sprang forward, her eyes, like two green moons in the darkness, facing the blazing eyes of Shere Khan.||”|
—Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book
In 1900, the global tiger population was estimated to have been at 100,000, which declined to around 3,200 in 2010. Since then, due to conservation efforts the number of tigers in the wild has steadily increased to just under 4,000. Despite this, the tiger is still critically endangered, with many populations and subspecies vulnerable to habitat fragmentation and poaching.
- 1Bandhavgarh National Park. Known for having the highest density of Bengal tigers in the world, Bandhavgarh is the one of the most accessible places to see tigers in the wild. Most visitors will be able to sight tigers more than once on a safari.
- 2 Chitwan National Park.
- Durminskoye Reserve.
- 3 Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park.
- 4 Kerinci Seblat National Park.
- 5 Ranthambore National Park.
- 6 Zov Tigra National Park. The first protected area established in Russia's Far East to help conserve the Siberian tiger and other species, only portions of the 200,000 acre (82,000 hectare) national park are accessible to the public. Visitors must be accompanied by park rangers. .
- See also: Animal ethics
It is a good idea to research the reserves you are thinking about travelling to make sure that the tour is eco-friendly and benefits the local people. India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan have put in efforts to conserve and grow their tiger populations and are generally the recommended places to travel. Avoid going to places where tigers are kept in captivity, drugged and are in terrible condition. Countries such as China and Thailand have developed a reputation for subjecting its tigers to abuse and letting visitors hug or take selfies with the tigers while they are sedated.