Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened ~ Anatole France

I have always been fascinated by the Indian Tiger right from my childhood days. That’s because I come from a family of foresters. Jungle lore kept me thrilled and I would even skip school to accompany by father (an I.A.S. officer) on his official tours to villages located in the deep interiors of forests.

In all the wild animals that we ever saw in the wild the tiger was by far the most magnificent. One had to be really lucky to site one. I knew all about pugmarks, tracks and water holes to wait. On rare occasions when I did sight a Tiger in the jungles I was transfixed by his sheer magnetism and raw power. But alas! Once I grew up and joined college my jungle days were over as the city life took over.

But a few years ago on a jungle trip we were delighted to actually spot a tiger in the thick forests of Kanha a famous forest reserve in the state of MP. I was well armed – my trusted Canon AE1.🙂 I could make out he was on high alert yet seemed blissfully undisturbed telling us to keep a respectable and safe distance.

Nature has provided the Tiger with a coat which acts as a beautiful camouflage which allows him to pass by unnoticed even from near. This Tiger could easily measure about 8 to 9 feet and weigh about 250 kg. I wonder if you can see his fierce glowing eyes😦

Spot the Tiger!

“Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes?” ~ Theophile Gautier

Save Our Tiger Campaigns

Courtesy http://www.savetigersnow.org/
India is home to half of the world’s rapidly dwindling wild tiger population. The Indian government is running a campaign to save the tigers, as according to reports, there are only 1,411 left in the country, from an estimated 40,000 animals in 1947.

The biggest reason for the decline in numbers is an age-old problem – poaching. These days the criminals involved in the wildlife trade are very sophisticated organized gangs. Last year was a good year for India in their fight against tiger poaching. 2011 saw one of the lowest levels of poaching for a very long time. Just 13 tigers were poached or seized during the entire year. Hope in 2012 the illegal trade in wild animals reduces significantly.

The illegal trade in wildlife as a whole has grown to an estimated $10 billion a year. The big cat is revered, admired and feared in equal parts, by millions of people around the world. If forests are emptied of every last tiger, all that will remain are distant legends, zoo sightings, and one massive breach of trust.

Can we really say we loved everything about the tiger, except its existence?

Cheers!

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs, playing golf and yoga. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

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  1. Orchid says:

    Wonderful read Dilip! Thanks for sharing your experience🙂 cheers!

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      So nice of you to check-out the link and appreciate. Right from my child-hood I have been fascinated by the jungle and its beautiful flora and fauna. Thank you Orchid.

      With kindest regards and plenty of cheer🙂

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  2. Madhu says:

    A wonderful post Dilip! I hope to see one in the wild myself. And I hope and pray their future isn’t as bleak as it appears.

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  3. Oh how I would love to see a tiger! I was in India but saw no tigers. In Africa we did see many animals – lions up close a few times. What magnificent creatures wild animals are. And to see them living free is a gift.

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  4. Wow! The stats he sited at the end of this post are surprising! When I see stuff like that, I wonder why people don’t realize what they are doing? Can’t they see there are more important things than money?

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  5. Mohd Kashif says:

    What an amazing experience it would have been… And stunning photographs too

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  6. irfan says:

    i feel that nothing can be done by campaign or making laws unless people on individual basis don’t understand its urgency and start participating into it…i wish some sense prevails among we humans and we actually start behaving like HUMAN….

    BTW dropped here from Bikram’s space and happy to be here….🙂

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Welcome Irfan how nice of you to visit. Yes to be human in all that we think and do is the mandate given to us. It is not negotiable. Thanks my friend.

      Dilip

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  7. gelaikuting says:

    wow! very informative.. nice post🙂

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  8. […] was reading a article DilipNaidu, on Tigers , Lovely pictures on the blog ..  It reminded me of this article I had written some […]

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  9. makes me mad .. man kill a animal he is fine .. a animal kills a man its a maneater , hunted and killed ..

    why are the men who kill a animal not tried for murder I fail to understand ..

    I rememeb I wrote a article on that will be reposting it again ..

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    • I have linked to your artcile.

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Great post on your blog Bikram. Yes we cannot wish away this poaching by lamenting about it from our armchairs. I like the sting in your article – things don’t happen unless we shake it up🙂 Yes villagers do harm tigers but it is more for self protection when a tiger becomes a man eater. It is the ruthless poachers who are part of international racket who do it for big bucks or on beliefs that it is an aphrodisiac

      I enjoyed reading your article and thank you for linking my article.
      Cheers!

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  10. Bindu says:

    I loved your question , “Can we really say we loved everything about the tiger, except its existence?”

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  11. Bindu says:

    Can’t think of the day we will have to see them in the list of extinct creatures.
    Great captures! It’s a pleasure to see them in their own habitats- relaxed, majestic!

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  12. What a thrilling experience that must have been, Dilip! Thank you also for bringing awareness to campaigns that aim to save tigers.

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  13. Thank you for this post Dilip. I agree with you. Tiger is an incredible animal. Every being deserves respect.

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  14. What a beautiful animal – they have always fascinated me as well. I like how you were able to capture him laying there. Amazing how he just blended in. ~Blessings, Patty

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      A cordial welcome to you Patty. I am so glad you too have a especial fascination for the tiger … we were lucky not to have missed him🙂
      Thanks for stopping by

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  15. I had never thought of the tiger’s coat as camouflage, thanks for giving me so much information here.

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  16. Thank you for this post. I have always been drawn to tigers. Blessings-Julie

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  17. Geetha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Lovely post and superb pictures! Thank you!

    The Royal Bengal Tigers in the Alipore zoo at Calcutta always fascinated and mesmerized me!

    I think William Blake summed it up beautifully in his famous poem, The Tiger where he says:

    Tiger, Tiger, burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

    In what distant deeps or skies
    Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
    On what wings dare he aspire?
    What the hand dare seize the fire?

    http://www.bartleby.com/101/489.html/

    Here’s wishing you and all your readers a ‘Beautiful Sunday’!

    Regards,

    Geetha

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Beautiful response Geetha. You have indeed honored The Lord of the Jungle with the famous poem The Tiger by William Blake (1757 – 1827).

      Your power of recall on literature is truly awesome!
      Thank you.

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    • johndwm says:

      Excellent post about tigers. Good to know there is a proper campaign against the poaching industry. So sad people can be so immune to the glorious beauty of life they destroy it. I always loved this Blake -as well!

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  18. ajay says:

    all the living species have equal right to live in freedom on this planet earth. In a democratic country let us all come out of the petty mind and allow freedom to all living creatures to live in their own way. I have encountered a tiger who jumped on to the road infront of my army jeep just few feet away and magestically ranf around 100 metres and disappeared into the forest. My driver and escorts were trembling seeing the tiger so close. I told the driver to slow down and continue. whole existence is magnificent. All living creaters are the guest over here. let us enjoy our journey with fellow living creatures in a friendly way. let us all not forget that” Life is only a school and unless you learn ENLIGHTENMENT.you will go on into the circle of Life and Death.OSHO”. with warm regards and loving heart.ajay

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    • dilipnaidu says:

      Wow Ajay you are indeed so fortunate to witness the magnificent Lord of the Jungle in full flow! Osho’s message on breaking off from the cycle of life & death is indeed profound!

      Thank you my dear friend.

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  19. Lubna says:

    What we fail to understand is how we are all interconnected, by killing the tigers we are only harming ourself.

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