In pics: India's national animal makes a comeback

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 21, 2015 07:40 IST

India’s tiger population jumped 30% in four years, census figures showed on Tuesday, signalling that government conservation efforts over the past decade to crack down on rampant poaching and dwindling habitats have paid off.

The latest report -- based on camera traps and DNA testing of tiger scat --- found the tiger population had stabilised in most reserves.

We bring to you a collection of pictures of the majestic feline clicked by wildlife photographer Aditya Singh at the Ranthambore National Park.

Twin sons of Krishna. Under Article 51(g) of the Indian Constitution, it is the duty of every citizen to protect and improve the natural environment- including forests and wildlife.

Krishna and her three cubs. Concerted efforts by the government and NGOs have helped increase the number of India's national Animal.

Sundari walking across a plateau. In 1972, the population of tigers was around 1,800— a stark reduction from the estimated figures of around 40,000 at the beginning of the 20th century.

Ustad, a dominant male at the park. In 1973, Project Tiger was launched with the objective of conserving the national animal.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), estabilished under, the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 is mandated to oversee conservation programmes.

Krishna with her three cubs.

Noor drinking during the hot and dry summers. India has entered into numerous international agreements dealing with tiger conservation including neighbours China, Nepal and Bangladesh to stop trans-border illegal trade in wildlife.

One of Krishna's cub from her first litter. India has managed to successfully reintroduce tigers at Sariska and Panna Tiger reserves where the animal was once declared locally extinct.

A yawning tiger. Incidents of human-tiger encounter increases as forest cover reduces.

One of Krishna's cubs sprinting across the park.

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