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These are 2 year's old female Tiger's and this image was clicked at a Zoo in India.
The below note is taken from Wikipedia:

Because of dwindling tiger numbers, the Indian government has pledged US$153 million to further fund the Project Tiger initiative, set-up a Tiger Protection Force to combat poachers, and fund the relocation of up to 200,000 villagers to minimize human-tiger interaction.

The Indian Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 enables government agencies to take strict measures so as to ensure the conservation of the Bengal tigers. The Wildlife Institute of India estimates showed that tiger numbers had fallen in Madhya Pradesh by 61%, Maharashtra by 57%, and Rajasthan by 40%. The government's first tiger census, conducted under the Project Tiger initiative begun in 1973, counted 1,827 tigers in the country that year. Using that methodology, the government observed a steady population increase, reaching 3,700 tigers in 2002. However, the use of more reliable and independent censusing technology (including camera traps) for the 20072008 all-India census has shown that the numbers were in fact less than half than originally claimed by the Forest Department.

The project to map all the forest reserves in India has not been completed yet, though the Ministry of Environment and Forests had sanctioned Rs. 13 million for the same in March 2004.

George Schaller wrote:

"India has to decide whether it wants to keep the tiger or not. It has to decide if it is worthwhile to keep its National Symbol, its icon, representing wildlife. It has to decide if it wants to keep its natural heritage for future generations, a heritage more important than the cultural one, whether we speak of its temples, the Taj Mahal, or others, because once destroyed it cannot be replaced."

In January 2008, the Government of India launched a dedicated anti-poaching force composed of experts from Indian police, forest officials and various other environmental agencies.Indian officials successfully started a project to reintroduce the tigers into the Sariska reserve.The Ranthambore National Park is often cited as a major success by Indian officials against poaching.

For the first time in several years, the tiger population in India increased in 2011.

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  • Copyright: nazir badar (nazirbadar) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 57 W: 133 N: 25] (234)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-05-08
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/5.2, 1/1000 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2011-05-10 10:33
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