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On the Brink of Tragedy

On the Brink of Tragedy
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1989-02
Categories: Mammals
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-15 18:16
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Points: 8
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INDIA has been shocked by the revelation that it has just 1411 tigers left in the wild, a decline of 60 per cent in a decade.

Poaching and the loss of tiger habitats amid India's rapid economic development have been blamed for the slump.

The audit of wild tigers by the Indian Government's National Tiger Conservation Authority has raised fears that the animal, one of India's national symbols, could disappear from the country.

The biggest decline in tiger numbers occurred in the poorer central states, which have traditionally had the highest concentration of tigers.

The interior state of Madhya Pradesh lost nearly 60 per cent of its tigers in the past five years. The report calls for urgent conservation measures.

There were more than 40,000 tigers in India in about 1900, according to some estimates, but a census in 1972 found just 1827.

In 1973 the Indian government launched Project Tiger to ensure a viable population of tigers. An official count in 1997 found 3508 in the wild, and the figure rose to 3642 in 2002.

However, the latest census shows there are fewer tigers now than in the early 1970s despite a 30-year effort to protect them. The authority used an improved methodology to estimate the tiger population in the latest census, suggesting some previous counts overestimated the numbers.

The encroachment of humans on areas inhabited by tigers has been a key factor in the decline. Local conservationists say this leads to more "man-animal conflict" and reduces the amount of tiger prey available.

The authority's report said some tiger habitats could support much higher tiger population densities.

However, the activities of insurgency groups in several remote parts of the country, along with subsistence poaching and the fragmentation of forests, had prevented this.

However, conservationists say a new government policy intended to help poor indigenous people threatens to hasten the decline in tiger numbers. Under the proposal, these tribal people will have the right to gain access to large tracts of remote forests.


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  • badar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 106 W: 0 N: 160] (785)
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Hi Subhash,
The image of any tiger in the wild demands a viewing.This image could be sharper & better framed, nevertheless it tells the story of this magnificent cat from our jungles.
Your note describes aptly the desperate position of the tiger,yet at leist with the latest census the govt of the day has accepted the reality as it is. At long last figures have not been Fudged to make it look all hunkydory.
They are talking about putting in extra funds , setting aside new tiger reserves & project tiger reserves i beleive will be exempt from the new tribal land act.

Hi Subhash,
I agree that the picture could be sharper but I have read those conditions it was taken in and it explains those quality problems. Despite this aspect, I think that this is a precious capture of a majestic animal that you had the chance to see in the wild. Your notes about them are very interesting and useful. Many species are endangered in the world for those same reasons you mentioned and it is heartbreaking but fortunately, some people take action to reverse this process. TFS,

Hello Subash

Yes I am in total agreement with you.
Our tigers are being decimated by indifference of those who are in a position to do something about stopping the decline and the lies that they use to cover up their inaction.
One day, the rest of India will become identical to Sariska and we will have lost Mother Natures most beautiful of gifts.
I am of the belief that what goes around comes around and I am sure that mankind will pay for his uncaring attitude to the World we all have to depend upon and the wildlife on it.
I believe this is known as Karma?
The Moghya tribe that encroach into the Ranthambhore N.P. have recently killed the brother of the collared male tiger there.
If they can get away with such a thing in the, relatively, well protected and internationally famous area that is Ranthambhore, what hope for our tigers in the less well known areas?
One day mankind will be brought to account for his meddlesome ways.
Even now as we are losing a seemingly insignificant species like the humble bumble bee, we take no notice of those who know the truth.
We are all just too busy trying to survive in our own lives and that is the way that governments want it to be.
Keep us looking the other way while they stealthily rape our planet for a few fast bucks and a comfortable life of their own and damn the future.
The photo, by the way, is great.
How could it not be?
It has a live wild tiger in it.



Ranjan Bhai,
This would've been a perfect shot had you got it
1. A little sharper
2. Had it had it's eyes open

Nonetheless, a good shot!

Dear Subhash
I was very interested to read your account of the demise of the Tiger in India.

Unfortunately, the threat to Rhinos is also real and increasing in South Africa.the biggest problem is not the disorganization and lack of protection but the willingness f rich people to pay for an aphrodisiac

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and photo, and I have added your work to my new theme "camouflage.

Greetings from South Africa
Ingrid Shaul

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