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Ranthambhor is plagued
by the typical problems encountered by all game reserves in India - people
living in and around the parks and grazing by livestock! Between 1976-1979,
12 villages within Ranthambhor National Park were resettled outside the designated
park area with only a few people now residing in scattered hamlets within
the park. Of course poachers continue their activities with increasing demand
from China for Tiger parts. There are no accurate figures on how many tigers
and poachers kill other species, but on occasion evidence appears in the form
of large numbers of skins and other body parts found on couriers. The park
is well staffed and the folk who man the centres and the mandatory guides
- one for every vehicle, are knowledgeable of the terrain and some even know
the Latin names of most species.
The tiger is not the only attraction at Ranthambhor; although it is the one
park resident people come to see. We were lucky to see several varieties of
birds including these owlets peering through their burrow pictured here on
the right and of course the ubiquitous langur monkey. Other animals in the
reserve include leopard, caracal, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, marsh crocodiles,
wild boar, bears and various species of deer.
The main food source for the tiger is the swamp deer like Barasinsga and on
occasion the wild buffalo and also wild boar etc. If you wish to stay near
the park, the facilities on offer are superb. The park gates open a half hour
before sunrise and close half hour after sunset. The timings are vigorously
imposed and no exceptions are made to this rule.
Like oil lamps flickering in the wind, the world's tiger population is unhurriedly
being snuffed out. Several books and literature have been produced to describe
the most intriguing, the most powerful and the most majestic of all animals.
The Hindu tradition and culture have a place of honor and worship for tiger.
In India people had added Singh, Sher and Nahar on their names to upgrade
their class. Yet people have been incredibly scant to the cause of the tiger.
This web site aims in graphics, pictures and prose to advance the level of
wakefulness and concern for this mythical and secretive striped beauty that
placidly roams the jungles.
There is enormous pressure on the habitat of the tigers, the Ranthambhore
Foundations hopes to strike an ecological balance and complete harmony between
man and the beast.
Tiger Burning Bright in rare and relaxed moments exhibits it lovable beauty.
It is in these moments that the sheer beauty and power of this animal comes
out so mesmerizing. It is an experience that no one should fail to spot. If
your grand mother has told you that cat the maternal aunt of the tiger did
not teach a tiger to climb trees so he can’t climb trees then she was
probably not wholly right. A commendable photographs shows that tigers can
scale trees like other cats but only upto 16 months of age of after which
they too heavy to do so.
These pictures depict the world around the tiger and are expected to arouse
passion for the tiger. The tiger is waging a lonely battle for survival –
you must stand for restoring the eco-balance.
Ranthambhor is only 7 Km from Sawai Madhopur, If you are planing to visit
Ranthambhor then avoid weekends and holidays.