Discover the Urgency of Tiger Conservations:

A Global Perspective and India's Remarkable Success Story


Delve into the world of tiger conservation, where the urgent need to protect these majestic creatures at a global level is emphasized. The iconic tigers, once revered across continents as symbols of power and grace, now face the imminent threat of extinction due to habitat loss, poaching, and environmental degradation.

Amidst these challenges, India emerges as a beacon of hope, showcasing a remarkable success story in tiger conservation. Over the past five decades, effective efforts have been made to save the endangered Indian Tiger from the brink of extinction. This awe- inspiring journey reveals how relentless dedication and strategic conservation initiatives have led to the revival of tiger populations within the country.

Tiger reserves like Ranthambore, Corbett, Kanha, and Bandhavgarh have played a pivotal role in fostering a harmonious coexistence between humans and wildlife, reflecting India's commitment to preserving its natural heritage.

Through captivating narratives and mesmerizing imagery, this story narrated through " LONG LIVE THE TIGER" by Mr Sunil Gadhoke sheds light on the pressing challenges and the hope that collective efforts can ensure a thriving tiger population for generations to come. As we witness the success of tiger conservation in India, it serves as a poignant reminder of our responsibility as global citizens to protect these magnificent creatures and secure a future where tigers continue to roam freely in the wild.


Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

One of the most picturesque, scenic, unique and historic ‘land of the tiger’ in the world–A compelling combination of the mystic tiger roaming a landscape dotted with ancient monuments and temples of the Rajput and Mughal era. In the backdrop is an ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With a legacy of over a 1000 years since the construction of the fort began, Ranthambore has passed through many dynastic rules and seen a bloody past changing hands many times coming under attack from raiding armies from the north and taken back by the Indian kings. The mughal emperor Akbar captured the fortress in the siege of Ranthambore in 1568.

The fortress passed to the Kachwaha, Maharajah of Jaipur, in the 17th century. The lands surrounding the fort became the royal hunting grounds of the Maharajas of Jaipur and the nobles of the Raj. It remained part of Jaipur State until Indian Independence, becoming part of the State of Rajasthan.

Nestled at the junction of Aravali hills the Vindhya ranges, Ranthambore has played a pivotal role in tiger conservation strategy from inception being an important part of the first set of nine forests that were developed under the Project Tiger initiative, launched in 1973, later, in 1980 it was accorded the status of National Park. Today, the reserve covers about 1,334 km2 and hosts an estimated 80 tigers and cubs.

Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve

Situated in the heart of Central India, in the Vindhyan and Satpura ranges of Madhya Pradesh, Bandhavgarh has an ancient past that dates back more than 20 centuries to the epic of Ramayana. Legend has it that Lord Rama, stopped here on his way back after defeating King Ravna of Lanka and a fort was built on a sandstone plateau on top of one of the 32 hills. The Fort of Bandhavgarh, or brother’s abode, is believed to have been gifted by Lord Rama to his brother Lakshmana, a legend that can be traced back 2,000 years to the Treta Yuga and captured in ancient scriptures.

Passing through the rules of successive dynasties till the 17th Century, the last Maharajah, abandoned the fort, to shift his court to Rewa. Over the next several decades, nature reclaimed the landscape and tigers made it their shrine.

Providing the perfect habitat for a variety of animals and birds, Bandhavgarh comprises tropical moist, deciduous, dense sal forests, interspersed with tall grasslands and perennial streams. The fauna and flora are typical for a central Indian forest, with plantations of bamboo, sal and mahua trees, to name a few, and teaming with thirty-five species of mammals including leopards, wild dogs (dhole), wolf, Indian fox, jungle cats, langur, hyenas, wild boars, elephants, spotted deer, barking deer, nilgai, chousingha, chinkara, rhesus macaque, porcupine and gaur. With over two hundred and forty avian species, reptiles and amphibians.

Corbett Tiger Reserve

Corbett Tiger Reserve is nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayan range, one of the most beautiful settings in the river valleys of Kumaon. Well known for its scenic beauty, healthy population of tigers and migratory elephant herds.
The terrain is primarily hilly with thick forest, fed by two major rivers, the Ramganga and Kosi, along with tributaries, the Pallain, Mandal and Sonandi to the west. It has a remarkable variety of landscapes, dotted with major rivers, streams, steep and high mountain ridges, deep ravines, vast grasslands; these come together to create the perfect blend of habitat for the tigers and elephants, as well as an abundant variety of other fauna and flora.

Kanha Tiger Reserve

The captivating beauty of the central Indian forests, in particular Kanha and Pench, was the inspiration which set the stage for the creative imagination of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. One of the most mystical and mesmerising forests of India, located in Central India’s Mandla and Balaghat districts of Madhya Pradesh, in the Maikal ranges of Satpura, the Kanha National Park is surrounded primarily by forested shallow undulations, rolling hills with varying degrees of slopes, plateaus and valleys where towering, centuries-old and hundred feet tall, mesmerising sal trees grow.
The Tiger Reserve comprises two major sanctuaries, the Hallon and the Banjar Sanctuaries and the Kanha National Park, together they occupy an area of 2,074 km2 which includes 940 km2of Critical Tiger Habitat (CTH) and the balance is national park and buffer zone.
Historically, the area has a rich heritage having been ruled by the Gond Dynasty for several centuries \and was originally a part of the Gondwanas or the “land of the Gonds”. The forest of the Kanha Tiger Reserve is inhabited by two indigenous tribes of Central India, the Gonds and the Baigas and the tribes continue to occupy this region to this day. They were primarily hunters but also carried out shifting cultivation using slash and burn techniques. Gathering wood was another aspect of their daily lives.