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KS3 Geography - Incredible India: Bengal Tigers

A guide to information resources on India for your year 9 Geography topic, compiled by your Librarians.

Panthera Tigris

The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the world’s largest cat, and it is also the most threatened with extinction. As recently as 100 years ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia. Today, fewer than 3,200 remain. 

Source : http://www.panthera.org/species/tiger 

Habitat

  • Tigers no longer live in 93% of their historic range
  • Tigers exist in 13 Asian countries
  • Tigers are extinct in 11 countries

BBC Documentary - Part 1 Fragmented Isolation

How can we help? - Websites with lots of information

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Tiger conservation projects in India

Tiger Reserves in India

Shere Khan - Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' inspired this animation film.

The Bengal tiger

 

The Bengal tiger is the most numerous of all tiger subspecies.

Found in Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar and Nepal. India is home to the largest population.

Mostly inhabits the dry and wet deciduous forests of central and south India, the Terai-Duar grassland and sal forests of the Himalayan foothills, and the temperate forests of Bhutan.

Primary Threats to Tigers

The primary threats facing tigers are:

** Wild tigers are being directly hunted to meet the demands of the illegal wildlife trade market. 
** Not only are tigers hunted, but their wild prey, like deer and wild pigs, have been overhunted by people either for subsistence or for sale. 
** Due to an increasing human population, humans and tigers are living in close proximity in many places across their range, which far too often results in human-tiger conflict situations
** Tigers need intact habitat in order to survive but their habitat is increasingly under threat and either being destroyed or fragmented from agricultural developments, especially large monocultures like palm oil plantations. 

Watch this brief, informative video

BBC documentary - Part 2 Nowhere to go

(Watch in full screen!)

Why protect the Tiger ?

Tigers are admired by many people

A home for tigers means a home for others.

Healthy tiger populations equals healthy ecosystems.

Tigers have a positive effect on communities. 

Source: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/tigers/why-tigers-matter.html

Watch this WWF video

Get a real close-up look from hidden camera traps!!

The Tiger by William Blake

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forest of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Tiger Facts

Tiger is a solitary animal unlike lions. 

The size of a tiger's territory depends on the amount of food available,

The auditory capabilities of tigers are also highly developed & are able to trace the origin of sound. 

Tigers are carnivorous & hunt for prey primarily by sight and sound.

Saving Tiger Map

Click above picture to access an interactive Tangelo map of 'Save Tiger' landscapes

Tiger parts trade

World Bank initiative to save the tiger

Tiger Videos

White Tiger Facts

Click picture to read more on white tigers