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Bengal Tiger

Panthera tigris tigris


The Bengal tiger's coat is yellow to light orange, with stripes ranging from dark brown to black; the belly and the interior parts of the limbs are white, and the tail is orange with black rings. Male Bengal tigers have an average total length of 270 to 310 cm (110 to 120 in) including the tail, while females measure 240 to 265 cm (94 to 104 in) on average.[9] The tail is typically 85 to 110 cm (33 to 43 in) long, and on average, tigers are 90 to 110 cm (35 to 43 in) in height at the shoulders


In the Indian subcontinent, tigers inhabit tropical moist evergreen forests, tropical dry forests, tropical and subtropical moist deciduous forests, mangroves, subtropical and temperate upland forests, and alluvial grasslands. in the Central Indian highlands there are 17 populations with an estimated population size of 437 to 661 individuals occupying 48,610 square kilometres (18,770 sq mi) of forested habitats, which are located in the landscapes of Kanha-Pench,

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53 Comments (1–25)

Pat10 7 years ago

It is dangerous. It is an endangered animal. Don't get near it. It runs very fast. It is cute.

Form II Brown - Saint George's School

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Thank you Lucia and Yael.

MelissaPhillips 10 years ago


Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Muito Obrigado Antonio! Also Thank you Leuba, it is such a shame as she was extremely beautiful and it was extra special as she had 4 small cubs with her! I think 'traditional medicine' and dishes have a lot to answer for :-(

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

Well done Debbie ! a beautiful and majestic animal. One of many that has fallen victim to greed and baseless, superstitious traditional beliefs....

Wow, i missed this one Debbie,super spotting,very cool,congrats and Happy International Tiger Day :-)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 10 years ago

Thank you very much Maria, Happy International Tiger Day :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

Hi Debbie - your very nice spotting is included in the blog today on International Tiger Day:

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

They are indeed a most beautiful majestic cat duttagupta and well worth travelling to see, such a shame that people are endangering them out of greed :-(

duttagupta35504 11 years ago

Oh wow. I really want to see one of these! It's almost unreal how pretty it is.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

Thankyou Dan, I can more than understand Hemmas point but I havent put an exact location for this spotting, I havent even put a park location and the co-ordinates are for Madhya Pradesh which is the second largest Indian state in size with an area of 308000 sq km...hardly a precise location is it? and it indeed is a very sad fact that we humans can cause such devastation to such beautiful and majestic species for greed or apparent "medicinal benefits"

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Great spotting! Many of the tigers in India's national parks are fairly habituated to vehicles and people riding elephant back and it's possible to get quite close without them being after. Plus, they are a tiger, they aren't afraid of much! None of the tigers I spotted there moved fast away from us. They all just casually saundered away. I understand Hemma's point and everyone's concern for the exact location of species, but I agree with Debbie here. There are so few tigers left in the wild, everyone knows where they are or can easily find out without even ever going online. It's sad but true, their location or subsequent poaching can be easily bought in a country with some extreme poverty like India.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

In Project Noah, one can easily protect a sensitive spotting location by moving the colored pin away from the exact spot to another nearby location or to an adjacent town, city, or regional landmark. The following two spottings are examples of this practice; the red milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum syspila) is an attractive and docile species much prized by collectors who will often illegally remove them from the wild; the location of this massive bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) nest was kept secret to prevent disturbance to the birds.


Project Noah is looking into other methods to make it easier for community members to protect sensitive spotting locations. Spottings may contain valuable data that are sought after by individuals in the booming illegal animal trade. In fact, wildlife trafficking is an estimated $10 billion per year global enterprise, the third most valuable illicit commerce in the world behind drugs and weapons. No animal group is safe. Millions of snakes and other reptiles are trafficked, as well as birds, insects, and mammals. It is estimated around 80% of animals trafficked die during transport.
We recommended that Project Noah users consider the aforementioned tips when pinning spotting locations. If needed, please send an email to for advice with sensitive spotting locations.
This is an extract from Neil Dazet's blog who is a valuable member of the team,

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

Honeyb1 the photos werent the hard part, finding her was though!! all 4 of us were sat extremely quietly but we were on a road above her and posed no threat so she carried on with her daily business of having a drink whilst we were admiring her beauty.

honeyb1 11 years ago

WOW how did you take the photos with out scaring the tiger?
Must of been hard.

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 11 years ago

Nice! Reminds me of Life of Pi....

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago
I was looking at thr mission on Rhinos and I like the way Smith (owner of mission) is protective of the Rhinos. She includes in her mission statement to not reveal the exact co ordinates. I am pretty sure that the locals could be paid of there too and I bet some people are quite aware of the exact whereabouts of Rhinos the same way they are of tigers too. I feel that we should try not to facilitate things for miscreants any further.
That is my feedback.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

Hema, I understand your concern but I know for a fact that poachers and anyone wishing for information on tigers only have to go to the locals and offer them a lifetimes worth of money to locate any number of tigers/tigresses and cubs so I dont feel that any information on here is of any further danger plus i think people in India already know where the tigers are thats why they look there!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

Debbie,i am wondering if we need to be more secretive about the location and number of cubs etc,just to protect them from poachers?. You never know who browses thru this site.!!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago

Awesome spot! Congrats!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 11 years ago

Congratulations on this amazing SotD !

AshleyT 11 years ago

They are so beautiful, this must have been an awesome encounter! Congrats on sotd!

Carol Milne
Carol Milne 11 years ago

Great series. What a wonderful experience. You must be thrilled. Beautiful markings.

jaymkong 11 years ago

tigers always fascinate me. they're scary but they're truly amazing. nice shots!

Debbie Stewart
Spotted by
Debbie Stewart

Madhya Pradesh, India

Spotted on Jan 11, 2013
Submitted on Jan 21, 2013

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