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(`·–•National Animal•–·´)
tiger - Animals/Nature
↑↓ National Animal of India ↑↓
The magnificent Tiger Panthera
tigris (linnaeus), the national
animal of India, is a rich-colored
well-striped animal with a short
coat. The combination of grace,
strength, power has earned the
tiger great respect and high
esteem. Indian tigers are famous
all over the world and one of the
main attractions for the lovers of
wild life. They are the crowning
glory and the light of the Indian
wild life.
Tough, muscular, majestic tigers
roam about the Sunderbans of
Bengal "burning bright in the
darkness of the night." The natives
of the forest worship the tiger as
the deity that gives them honey
and wax. The Sunderbans are their
main habitat for their thick forests
of Sunder trees. They feed on fish,
cattle and sometimes human
beings. The man-eaters are the
most dreaded of all wild beasts. It
is a common belief that a tiger
does not harm anyone who has
offered prayers to him. Tigers are
fast runners, excellent swimmers
and their eyesight is strong.
To check the dwindling population
of tigers in India, which came
down to just 1,827 in 1972,
massive conservation program
was initiated in April 1973, known
as the 'Project Tiger'. This project
aims to maintain a viable
population of tigers in India for
scientific, economic, aesthetic,
cultural and ecological values. Since
then, the tiger population has
shown a gradual increase and the
census of 1989 puts the tiger
population of the country at 4,334.
So far, 19 tiger reserves have been
established in the country under
this project, covering over 29, 716
sq. km. forest area

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