Project Tiger was launched in 1973 in India. The project aims at ensuring a viable population of Bengal tiger in their natural habitats and preserving areas of biological importance as a natural heritage forerves represented as close as possible the diversity of ecosystems across the tiger's distribution in the country. The project's task force visualized these tiger reserves as breeding nuclei, from which surplus animals would emigrate to adjacent forests. Funds and commitment were mustered to support the intensive program of habitat protection and rehabilitation under the project. The government has set up a Tiger Protection Force to combat poachers, and funded the relocation of up to 200,000 villagers to minimize human-tiger conflicts. During the tiger census of 2008, a new methodology was used extrapolating site-specific densities of tigers, their co-predators and prey derived from camera trap and sign surveys using GIS. Based on the result of these surveys, the total tiger population has been estimated at 1,411 individuals ranging from 1,165 to 1,657 adult and sub-adult tigers of more than 1.5 years of age.
The tiger is a wild and ferocious animal. It will attack anybody if it gets a chance. If it happens that somebody is riding on its back, it will be very risky to get down, as the tiger will immediately attack him. Therefore he who is on the tiger’s back has to continue riding without getting down. At the same times, riding on the tiger’s back is not a very comfortable thing. But in spite of that, he has to cling on. Similarly, it is always wise to avoid dealings wit more »