Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Wild Tigers will always be India's National Animal

This is with regard to "An Animal that's changed history" by Valmik Thapar, HT Mumbai, Page 12 Saturday May 30,2015.  (Comment Section)

I beg to differ with the author that "Tigers" do not deserve the tag of National Animal anymore for the following reasons:

1. Wild Royal Bengal Tigers can be found from Rajasthan to Kerala. They can be found in dry deciduous and dry thorn forests in North-West India to semi-tropical and tropical deciduous forests in South - West India.

2. Even in Humble Goa, Tigers can be found in semi-tropical forests such as in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary on the Maharashtra -Goa Border.

3. Kaziranga National Park in Assam has the single largest population of wild tigers in north-east India.

4. Machli- A Famous Ranthambore Tigress had a large litter of 9 Tiger Cubs some time back and received a "Life Time Award" from a British Travel Operator associated with the British High Commission in India for her noteworthy "Family Life" in 2009.

5. The Family Life of Tigers in the Jungles of India is awesome. The Relationship of the Tigress with her cubs is phenomenal. Lately, the relationship of the "Tiger Dad" has been documented quite well.

6. Finally, Southern India is emerging as a major stronghold of Wild Royal Bengal Tigers. The Bandipur- Nagarhole- Mudumalai - Wayanad Forest Block holds the single largest population of wild tigers in the world.

When we take all these factors into consideration, we have to conclude that the Tiger deserves the "Tag" of the National Animal.

Note : Here is Valmik Thapar's Original article that was published in the Hindustan Times.

My article is in response to his article.

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