Panthera tigris tigris
Royal Bengal tiger in the wild at Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India
Dense forest and swamplands
With less than 2’500 individuals left in the wild, any sighting of a Bengal tiger is highly special. Even more so when the animal makes eye contact! These animals were spotted in the Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India. At the time of visit this conservation area was said to be the home of 54 tigers. We had 9 sightings over 2 days, of 5 different individuals, mostly of one female and her two 2-year old (fully-grown) male cubs. Sightings occurred mostly at dawn and dusk, when the animals move to their drinking spots. Sadly, rangers are still on a constant look-out for poachers.