In Images: Tigers Thrive in India National Park

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A conservation success

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In India's Kaziranga National Park, tigers can grow fat feasting on hog deer, water buffalo and elephants. The park has the world's highest density of…Read More »

tigers, according to camera trap surveys conducted from 2009 to 2011 by Aaranyak, a non-profit wildlife conservation society in India.

Kaziranga is in India's northeastern Assam state, where tall grasslands and forest meet the foothills of the Himalayas. Though the park has a high density of tigers, the animals face pressures from poachers, said Firoz Ahmed, a conservation biologist with Aaranyak.

Aaranyak tracks tigers and wildlife in Kaziranga and other national parks and preserves throughout India to monitor the endangered species, which survive in about six percent of their historic range, Ahmed said. The group partners with Panthera, the World Wildlife Fund and other conservation societies.

The remote cameras also capture more than tigers. Rarely-seen animals such as the spotted linsang and the clouded leopard appeared in a camera trap survey Aaranyak conducted in Namdapha National Park in 2012. The park is east of Kaziranga, in the state of Arunachal Pradesh near India's border with Myanmar.    Less «
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