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The most numerous of the tiger subspecies is the Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), which since 2010 has been classified as endangered by the IUCN. The population in the wild is estimated to be fewer than 2,500 individuals, spread over India, which contains up to 80% of the total, and – in decreasing order – Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. The actual number is a matter for conjecture, as until recently censuses depended on identifying individual footprints known as pug marks — a method now recognised as wildly inaccurate.
Our trips to see tigers focus on the various national parks and reserves of central and northern India where most of the tiger population is concentrated in small pockets of protected land. In places such as Kanha, Pench, Satpura, Bandhavgarh, Tadoba, Panna and Ranthambore, as well as Kaziranga in the east, the Sundarbans in the west and Corbett in the north, individual tigers can still be seen during safaris into the typically forested habitats. The Bengal tiger is the national animal of both India and Bangladesh.
The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest of all the big cats, with a body up to 3.3 metres long and weighing anything up to 300 kilogrammes. Their most recognizable feature is the dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur, with lighter underparts.
Tigers once ranged widely across Asia, from Turkey to the eastern coast of Russia. Over the last century, however, they have lost 93% of their historic range, and been extirpated from southwest and central Asia, the islands of Java and Bali, and large areas of Southeast and Eastern Asia. Today, their range extends from the Siberian taiga to the open grasslands and tropical mangrove swamps of India.
The remaining six subspecies are all classified as endangered by IUCN. The global population in the wild is estimated at between three and four thousand, with most remaining populations occurring in small isolated pockets. Reasons for population decline include habitat destruction, habitat fragmentation and poaching. Tigers are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large areas of habitat that support the prey they need. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the most densely populated places on earth, has caused significant conflict with humans.