A few years ago Ranthambhore was in crisis, poachers had decimated the tiger population and only 16 tigers survived in the park. Since then Tiger Watch (amongst others) have been working hard to communicate to the Mongia tribe who live around the park and who are responsible for the majority of the poaching, aware that the tigers and tourism can provide a sustainable income and a better future for the tribe.
Through employment and eduction initiatives poaching has been stopped in its tracks and the tigers have thrived. 51 tigers now live in the park and there are 4 mothers with cubs. Tigers are even being relocated to Sariska National Park to ease pressure on Ranthambhore’s resources. It’s an incredible success story and over 90% of India Beat clients now see a tiger when visiting Ranthambhore.
Yesterday we were lucky enough to see Nur and her cub Sultan playing. Here are Bertie’s pictures, enjoy!