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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.


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.


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  • 1Bandhavgarh National Park (Madhya Pradesh, India). 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. Bandhavgarh National Park (Q806310) on Wikidata Bandhavgarh National Park on Wikipedia
  • 2 Chitwan National Park (Central Nepal). The Tiger Conservation Unit 8s a protected area of 2,075 km². Chitwan National Park (Q1075023) on Wikidata Chitwan National Park on Wikipedia
  • Durminskoye Reserve (near Khabarovsk, Russia). Home to the last Siberian Tigers left in the wild.
  • 3 Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (Central Bhutan). The best example of the mid-Himalayan ecosystems of the Eastern Himalaya. Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (Q1357029) on Wikidata Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park on Wikipedia
  • 4 Kerinci Seblat National Park (Western Sumatra). The most important location in Sumatra for wild Sumatran Tiger. Kerinci Seblat National Park (Q1467901) on Wikidata Kerinci Seblat National Park on Wikipedia
  • 5 Ranthambore National Park (Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan, India). One of the best places in India to see tigers in the wild. Ranthambore National Park (Q1466242) on Wikidata Ranthambore National Park on Wikipedia
  • 6 Sundarbans. The largest littoral mangrove forest in the world, straddling the India–Bangladesh border. Sundarbans (Q4526) on Wikidata Sundarbans on Wikipedia
  • 7 Zov Tigra National Park (Nakhodka, Russia). 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. Zov Tigra National Park (Q4192998) on Wikidata Zov Tigra National Park on Wikipedia


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.

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