Bengal Tiger : Nature in Focus
In a boost for conservation worldwide Bengal tiger numbers in India are reportedly on the rise increasing from 1,706 to 2,226 from 2011 to 2014 as a result of increased habitat preservation, aggressive protection measures and conservation efforts. Dr. Barney Long (Director of Species Conservation at WWF-US) stated that:
“India’s outstanding result demonstrates that tigers can recover and thrive, even in densely populated countries with a focus on economic growth—as long as there is political will and the commitment to get results,”
Ecotourism has played a very important part in Bengal tiger conservation and has boosted local business meaning that tangible economic benefits are following the inherent value that conserving India’s national symbol. Schemes have been complemented as they have put regulations in place to reduce the harmful effects of the tourism industry.
Bengals are the largest species of tiger in the world; a male Bengal tiger can reach a weight of 500 lbs (220kgs) and can reach 2.7 meters in length with the largest bengal tigers being found in mountainous areas and the smallest being recorded in the Bangladeshi Sunderbans.
Bandhavgarh National Park is the epicentre of Indian Bengal Tiger conservation and it’s tiger population is the most dense of anywhere in the world. Famous tigers of Bandhavgargh National Park include Sita who was featured on the cover of National Geographic and has been featured regularly in videos by the organisation.
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