Safari with Suyash Ep 3: Tigers & People, A Delicate Balance | #WWFVoices

December 31, 2019

On our last episode, we came across a big male tiger But as we were heading back, something caught our eye. To our surprise, it was another male tiger Males are a rare catch. And to get two in a day is sheer luck. And this tiger has got something very interesting He has killed a domesticated cattle that may have strayed too close to the National Park boundary. Tigers are opportunistic hunters. Yet only 10% of their hunts are successful. So domestic cattle compared to traditional prey, are an easy catch for the tiger. Each tiger has a unique stripe patttern and taking a closer look at this big male, I realize that I have seen him several times before. He is known to be a direct descendant of a legendary tiger named Bamera. And much like his father, he is one hefty of a male. That carcass probably weighs as much as him and yet he seems to be dragging it with relative ease. That’s one hell of a way to work out an apetite. This scene truly shows the strength and might of a tiger. How they utilize their strong neck and leg muscles to drag a kill. All of the National Parks in India are surrounded by villages and farmlands. Bandhavgarh is no different. People have lived here for generations. Their lifestyle is dependant entirely on the forest, the farm and their cattle. So the loss of a cattle is economically disastrous for a farmer. Historically, this was tragic for tigers too. Carcasses were often poisoned by locals in retaliation to their loss. Over time however, the Government enacted specific laws and regulations to mitigate this problem. Now, if a farmer loses their cattle, they are duly compensated for their loss within a short period of time. We decided to locate the farmer who lost his cattle to the very same tiger we saw and talk to him ourselves. Human and animal conflict is a very big problem across the National Parks in India. In fact, thats the case all across the world. The future of places like Bandhavgarh and its wildlife are entirely dependant on laws which address and maintain the delicate balance between wildlife conservation and the needs of local indigenous communities. Both sides are equally important to the historical, cultural and economic significance to this region. So far, my time in Bandhavgarh has been incredible But there is still one goal I haven’t accomplished yet I came to Bandhavgarh to track a tigress named Solo and film her cubs. But so far we have had no luck with that. Stay tuned for the next episode as the quest to track this big-cat family leads us straight to the den of the tiger. That was an absolutely incredible experience I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did This is a multiple part series so be sure to subscribe to this channel and I will see you next week. But until then, goodbye.

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