by Ashleigh Wang, Communications Officer, Tigers Alive
As a new decade begins, we look back at some of our favourite photos of young tigers in India from Joseph Vattakaven.
India has the largest wild tiger population in the world and continues to lead the way in tiger recovery towards the global goal of doubling wild tiger numbers by 2022. On Global Tiger Day last year, India released a new estimate of 2,967 wild tigers (from a range of 2603-3346). This suggests tiger populations are stable or even growing and bring us great hope about their future in the country!
Brothers mock fighting, a precursor to adult behaviour where males fight over territory. This image was captured in Kanha National Park in Central India one of WWF’s global priority regions for tiger conservation.
A cub staring curiously. From Kanha National Park in Central India.
A tigress was radio-collared to study their behaviour in the wild. Joseph Vattakaven tracked her day and night and captured her images. She mated and gave birth to two cubs eventually. They are about two-month-old in this picture. From Kanha National Park.
A tiger about 2 years old in flowering grasslands. He was in search of new territory and was tracked to see how he would use wildlife corridors but was eventually killed by another male in a territorial fight.