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It was in 1973 that the Indian government declared the tiger as the national animal of India. At that time, the tiger was one of the most endangered species in the world, but with this decision, the government of the time tried to stop poaching activities and intensify its conservation efforts under the form of Project Tiger.

Currently, there are around 3,500 tigers in the world and India is home to 75% of them among the 13 tiger range countries – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russian Federation, Thailand and Vietnam.

These 6 animal photographers share their best memories with this ferocious feline.

Splashes (Kaushik Ghelani)

Kaushik Ghelani, Gujarat

Once during a photography session in Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, we noticed that there was complete silence in the jungle. Suddenly, a cub of the Paro tigress appeared in the nearby grass and was being chased by another cub. Seeing them both play, a third cub joined this fictional fighting session. I captured this breathtaking hunting sequence of three tigers showing off. This is Paro’s third litter after she couldn’t save her babies from the first two pregnancies. She is now teaching these three cubs to withstand any situation they might face in the wild.

When the beast is as interested in you as it is in you! (Sushil Chikane)

Sushil Chikane, Pune

“As we admired the vultures soaring at Dhundua Falls in Panna Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh and tried to snap a photo of the pair of peregrine falcons, a viewer asked aloud ‘why the rocky tip of the waterfall is it orange? When I spotted the tiger, sitting atop a rock in broad daylight, my smile widened. Although I got some decent photos, I wasn’t too happy with them as the tiger was in the distance. So far we had only seen the animal but soon the tiger spotted us. He jumped off the rock and headed for the base of the waterfall. He kept watching us at regular intervals as he descended and knew we were watching him. Shortly after, he disappeared into a cave and we lost sight of him.

Large section by T-57 (Ekta Marda)

Ekta Marda, Mumbai

During the monsoon, every inch of the forest in Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan turns emerald. He holds a special place in my heart because of an animal – the tigress Noor. When I had gone on safari, I discovered that there was another creature that also had its sights set on Noor – the T-57 tiger. I was eager to capture this couple’s mating moments, but spent three to four game drives to no avail; no pug marks, no sightings, no sign of either tiger. But if there’s one thing the forest has taught me, it’s not to get discouraged. So I changed strategy and finally spotted the T-57 in the bushes! He was yawning and stretching his muscles, and that’s when I clicked him, in all his glory!

Jamhol resting on a rock (Priyansha Singh)

Dr. Priyansha Singh, Delhi

In 2021, after a disappointing safari in Bandhavgarh National Park, we spotted Jamhol, a tiger that came out of nowhere and came to settle near a pond. It looked like an invitation to a fight with the resident male – Mahaman who recently had four cubs with a tigress named Dotty. Jamhol’s intrusion would have been considered life-threatening. But what happened next surprised us! Jamhol started taking care of the little ones.

This family of seven – Mahaman, Jamhol, Doty and the four little ones have been seen together from time to time. There is speculation that Jamhol is a son of Mahaman himself, but his mother is unknown. We don’t know why or how the family accepted Jamhol as the power of the male tigers and dominance over territory is of the utmost importance, but there have been times when he has been spotted dragging his own prey to feed the young.

My hero – the mighty Mahman (Megh Roy Choudhary)

Megh Roy Choudhary, Calcutta

Mainly a bird photographer, I was drawn to tigers because of my husband. When I ventured into Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, I fell in love with Mahman. The way he walked down the road, the least concerned about the gypsies around, reflected pure elegance and majesty. Two months later, I planned another trip to Bandhavgarh in hopes of spotting him. Although I saw a lot of tigers, he somehow escaped me. The first three days passed without any spectacle. On the fourth evening we learned that he had been seen. He was inside the thick growth resting and after a while everyone gave up and went looking for more tigers but I was adamant about clicking my hero , head-on, as I had dreamed. Almost on the verge of giving up in the sweltering heat and as the time to return approached, luck smiled on me. After spending a good time in the water, I saw it! He pulled away from the water and rose like a phoenix, he walked with pure grace towards our vehicle. He obliged me with a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Oh, what a sight to behold!

Wild tigress walking on tracks with three young cubs in Ranthambore National Park (Aditya Singh)

Aditya Singh, Rajasthan

At the end of 2006, we knew that Machali had given birth to her fourth litter but since then no one had seen the cubs. We didn’t even know how many babies she had. Everyone in Ranthambhore National Park, Rajasthan was trying to find them. One morning in January 2007, they were spotted for the first time, from afar, on a set called Mandoop. We went to look for them in the same area in the afternoon and found Machali sitting in the middle of the forest path, without her cubs. She just sat on the forest track. We waited patiently and soon after she started to roar softly and three little cubs came out of the bushes behind the path, one by one. They huddled and played with the mother for a while, then followed her to a gorge. This day of January 17, 2007 was certainly one of my most memorable days in Ranthambhore.