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Ranthambore Tiger Reserve – Rajasthan India

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, the captivating 392 square kilometer reserve in that regal state of Rajasthan has an astounding abundance of flora and fauna, including rare and scarce animals such as leopards, tigers, Asian elephants and nilgai. Other species present are jackal, jungle cat, hyena, porcupine, marsh crocodile, wild boar, spotted deer, sloth bear, panther, monkeys, Indian gazelle and sambar (Asiatic stag).

The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is the Rajasthan's first scheme Project Tiger Reserve. It is counted amid India's best tiger reserves. Ranthambore derives its name from the 1,200-year-old fort that stands within the premises of the reserve. The Chambal River in the south and river Banas in the north bound the reserve. The three water features Rajbagh Lake, Malik Lake and Padam Lake are at home to the multiplicity of wandering birds. They are festooned with the pink lotus on which the Sambar Deer often feed.

The countryside is enclosed with the strap of dry deciduous jungles with very old banyan trees, pipals, ranj, dhok, salai, neem, ber, babul and palm trees. Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is a very special biosphere reserves for it anchorages gigantic selection of species of animals and birds. Some of which are highly rare and listed in the International unification for Conservation of Nature's Red Data Book. It is one such reserve where Tigers can also be spotted during the daytime.

There is no superior way to explore the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve than by taking the exciting gypsy safari and canter safari. Get up early in the sunup, booking a jeep for the day, go to the Ranthambore Tiger Reserve jungles area and indulge in game viewing, birding, or tiger spotting in the reserve. Do not forget to take the naturel specialist local guide, who can give you the enhanced insight of the forest and wilderness of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve.

Location: Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan.

Area: Approximately 392 sq Kms and 38,200 hectares.

Established: 1955 as a sanctuary, 1973 as a tiger reserve, 1981 as a national park, 2012 as a Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

Wildlife Found: Royal Bengal Tigers, Panthers, Slot Bear, Leopards and Boars

Best Time to Visit: October to March and May to June

How to Get There: Jaipur is the nearest airport (170 km). Sawai Madhopur is the nearest Rail head (9 km) with train services from Delhi.

Tourists Activities:
Ranthambore Tiger Safari in Jeep and Canter, Ranthambore Fort, Surval lake bird Watcing , Boating in Mansarovar lake, Amreshwar Temple , Chambal river and Banas River.

Tiger Pictures - Gallery No. 3

Named 'Panthera Tigris', tigers are characterized by their orange coat and black stripes, the pattern of which uniquely identifies each individual tiger.
With a whitish belly, tiger's coat is designed to disperse their outline, aiding them in camouflage as they stalk their prey.
Tigers generally weigh in a wide range - from two hundred and fifty to eight hundred pounds - depending on the individual subspecies and gender of the animal.

Great pictures. Just beautiful. Tigers are amazing big cats... Love them!

VIDEO: Tiger vs Lion - ultimate killer vs the ultimate warrior

Tiger vs Lion - ultimate killer vs the ultimate warrior.

Lions, tigers and bears are 'designing' jeans in Japan

A zoo in Japan is employing animals to produce its own range of distressed jeans. Ripped jeans – one of fashion’s most enduring trends – are usually created by machine (or at home with a razor if you’re into DIY) but now the Mineko Club, a volunteer group, are wrapping denim around tyres, rubber balls and planks of wood and using them to entertain the lions, tigers and bears at the Kamine Zoo in Hitachi City.

The end result, once the minders fetch the giant chew toys from the dens, is metres of trashed, ripped, bitten and clawed fabric which is then sewn together and sold as "Zoo Jeans". They are similar in style to Acne's pop-trash look from 2012, or something Bon Jovi wore in their heyday.

So far the team has only manufactured three pairs and put them up for auction. The funds raised go towards conservation charities.

With just a few hours remaining on the eBay type auction, “Zoo Jeans designed by Tigers” were the most popular, attracting a top bid of more than $1260. The efforts by the lions and bears looked set to sell for more than $525 each.


VIDEO: Tigers love water

Tigers may love water, but they do not like to get it in their eyes and will frequently enter backwards to ensure this doesn't happen. When emerging they'll often shake like a dog to remove the worst of the water from their coats.
Bengal tigers love water and can spend hour after hour in it swimming and playing where as amur tigers like water but are more of a quick dip to cool off.

PHOTO: Tigers and water

Unlike many other animals, tigers do not drink water by lapping it up on the top of their tongue, due to their tongue bristles. Instead, they cup the back of their tongue to flick water droplets into the air, which they then close their mouth over.

The white tiger entertains crowds with his swimming capabilities. With eyes wide open and ears pulled back, the big cat freely jumps into a pool of water and dives to the bottom.

5 ways we can save our tigers

Majestic, fierce, mystical, these are all words we can use to describe tigers. This wonderful animal means different things to different people, but the one thing we cannot disagree on is that tigers are in real danger of extinction unless we can do something to halt the decline in their numbers.

Here are 5 ways we can help save our tigers; some we can do every day, others need us to come together and campaign to the authorities.

Create awareness of the plight of the tiger – Tigers cannot speak up for themselves but we can speak for them. Make posters, organise tiger themed events, chat to your family and friends and anything else you can think of to spread the word about how endangered tigers really are.

Help end poaching – The trade in tiger skin and body parts is not only illegal but it is having a devastating impact on tiger numbers. We can help prevent this barbaric trade by avoiding products derived from tigers and reporting any such products to local authorities.

Severe punishment for poachers – More and more countries are punishing poachers but more is still needed to really deter people from engaging in tiger poaching. Through campaigning we can encourage authorities to hand down harsher sentences to convicted poachers.

Protect tiger habitat – One of the main factors in the decline of the tiger is habitat destruction. Through education and campaigning we can help promote sustainable working practices to ensure we harness the full potential of the forests while also ensuring tigers and their prey animals are free to enjoy as large a range as possible.

Support Tiger conservation organisations – Many zoos and wildlife charities work tirelessly to conserve tigers, but they cannot do it without our help. Schemes such as the tiger adoption scheme provide a way for us to donate money to an excellent cause while receiving a fantastic gift pack in return. This gift pack can help you create awareness among your family and friends or be given as a wonderful gift to a loved one.