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Tigers occupy the pinnacle of the food chain and a healthy tiger population is an indicator of the well being of the whole forest. Throughout evolution, predators have had a regulatory influence on the population sizes of other species; it is thanks to carnivores, such as tigers, that the number of herbivores is kept in check. In turn, the populations can therefore only fluctuate between certain limits because of this "feedback mechanism". With the number of herbivores under control, but not depleted, the forest vegetation is likely to thrive provided humans do not over exploit it. Seeds will be dispersed by new growth will not be prevented by excessive grazing pressure. Healthy vegetation protects the rainwater and safeguards the water table. Many forest are important catchments areas for rivers, upon which many species, including human beings, depend. Species at the top of the food chain are generally larger and require more space than other animals, particularly if they are territorial . Conserving such species in the wild protects the habitat of many other animals, as well as safeguarding the essential ecological processes such as water and nutrient cycling. Thus the tiger is the guardian of many other creatures. Tiger, Tiger, burning out The Indian tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is a beautiful animal. As described by Mr. Sankhala "His lithe majesty, powerful musceles rippling under a tawny coat, his symmetery and mesmerising gaze were a tantalising beacon to those who wanted to prove their "bravery" He was hunted ruthlessly during the Raj and in the sixties, by dealers of fashion trade. Human encrochement upon his habitat and the killing of his prey species further endangered his survival." The tiger was once a formidable force in the Indian Jungles before, but today, there is a rapid decline in their numbers in the wild. In 1972 the population of tigers was about 2000 only. In 1973 "Project Tiger" was conceptualised to conserve tigers in a systematic and planned manner from Jim Corbett National Park. With a result the tiger population grew to about 4000, by 1989. However, in the recent times unprecedented demand of Tiger bones and parts from China for the manufacture of medicines and wines have resulted in mass poaching. Thereby causing a great concern on the "Tiger survival" Planning a holiday to Kanha, Bandhavgarh or Pench National Park .. ?? Drop your plans. Book your holiday at PANNA NATIONAL PARK because in sometime all the tigers of Madhya Pradesh will be sent to Panna. And it won’t be a bolt from the blue if we start re locating them from other states too. After all everything is doable in India ! Panna has a lot to offer. Two tigresses flown recently(though they are missing), A full grown male(Only seen, spotted and recorded by the hard working staff at Panna), and now two male tigers that are to be sent soon to Panna from Pench. Where do you get to see so much? I am not against re locating tigers. But I feel sad when tigers go missing due to the inefficiency and laziness of the staff. For once when Panna lost all its tigers, they
should have taken it as a warning and should have worked day and night to save them. After all what are they posted there for?