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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 849--850

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This picture is contributed by Dr. Pramod Giri, Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Neuron Brain, Spine and Critical Care Centre, Balraj Marg, Nagpur.

Everyone in their lifetime dreams of seeing a tiger in its natural habitat in the jungle. This dream came true for me during my last visit to the Tadoba Tiger Project that houses several Indian tigers of the Panthera tigris tigris species. Tigers are the largest felines in the world and are considered to be a symbol of strength and courage. They are an endangered species with no more than 3,200 tigers left in the wild. They have distinctive stripes, which help to camouflage them while hunting prey. These stripes are unique to each tiger and no two tigers have the same markings on their coats. On an average, tigers are 1.5 to 2.9 m long and weigh 75 to 325 kilograms. The largest tigers, the Siberian, also called Amur, are 3.3 meters long and weigh approximately 300 kg while the smallest tiger is the Sumatran tiger that grows to 1.5 to 3.7 meters and weighs 65-305 kg. Tigers also have a very long tail, which can add 0.7 to 1.1 m to their overall length. In the Central Indian highlands, there are 17 populations of tigers with an estimated size range of 437 to 661 individuals in each of them. These occupy 48,610 km 2 of forested habitats, located in the sanctuaries at Kanha-Pench, Satpura-Melghat, Sanjay-Palamau, Navegaon-Indravati, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba, Simlipal, Panna, Ranthambore–Kuno–Palpur–Madhav and Saranda.

The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is one of the finest and largest National Parks in Maharashtra. It is one of India's 47 'Project Tiger' reserves. It lies in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state, approximately 150 km from Nagpur city. Its name 'Tadoba' is based on the name of God 'Tadoba' or 'Taru,' worshipped by the local tribal people. 'Andhari' is based on the name of the Andhari river. It is believed that Taru was a village chief killed in an fierce encounter with a tiger. A shrine has also been made in this area in the remembrance of God Taru. This region was predominantly ruled by the Gond tribes, who had their own kingdom in a large area of Central India. Their descendants are still seen in local villages. The vegetation of the Tadoba forest predominantly comprises of the southern tropical dry deciduous type. The park has an area of around 626 sq. km. Teak is the prominent tree species existing in the Tadoba forest. There are a few lakes in the Tadoba forest area, which ensure an area rich in water resources for the park that nestles a rich aquatic life. Among the lakes, the Irai lake is very well known and remains filled with water throughout the year, even in extreme summers. These lakes are also frequented by the marsh crocodiles. The major part of this forest is composed of hilly areas including the Chimur hills, Moharali and Kolsa ranges. Its dense forest area, smooth meadows and deep valleys, and a high probability of encountering a tiger (despite their existence in low numbers here), makes this area a popular tourist destination. The park has a great potential as well as a conducive atmosphere to increase the population of Indian tigers.

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