With Approximately Only 4,000 Tigers Left in The Wild, These Five Locations Are The Best Places on The Planet to See Them
From Siberia's vast Durmenskoye Reserve to the mangroves of the Sundabarns in Bangladesh, these diverse locations are the best places to witness these rapidly dying out wild cats in their natural habitat
Photo: Marija Zaric©, Unsplash Text: Smart Lemur
Over the last century, the number of tigers across the world has decreased significantly from around 100,000, to approximately 3,900. The drop in population has been driven by the use of tiger extracts in traditional medicine, folk remedies, jewellery. Their furs are also used in high-end fashion and luxury decor.
As a result, only six from nine sub-groups of tiger survive today, and they are also listed amongst the million species that face the risk of becoming completely extinct during the coming years.
Yet despite the real risk of extinction, there are still a handful of places left on the planet - anywhere from Siberia to Nepal - where tigers can be witnessed in their natural environment.
Smart Lemur, a website dedicated to authentic travel experiences, has discovered the best locations in the world to sight Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, elephants, and Siberian tigers in the place they should be.
Bandhavgarh National Park - Madhya Pradesh, India
Located in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, the Bandhavgarh National Park is mostly recognized for its population of Royal Bengal tigers. In addition to this rapidly dying out breed, the park is home to other rare creatures, including rare albino tigers, leopards, deer, elephants, and Bengal foxes. Due to the rapid drop in the global tiger population, the park brought in special conservation measures in 1968 to preserve them.
Bardia National Park - Nepal
Over the last decade, Nepal's Bengal tiger population has doubled thanks to the country's conservation efforts. The Bardia National Park is home to around 80 Bengal tigers, as well as another 50 different species of mammals including rhinoceros, wild elephants, swamp deer, and dolphins. Subsequently, the area is a haven for any wildlife enthusiast.
The Sundarbans - Bangladesh
Found in the delta of the river Ganges, the unique geography of the Sundarbarns area of Bangladesh has managed to resist globalization and remain an area of outstanding natural beauty and vibrant wildlife. Home to almost 200 wild tigers, the Sundarbarns is mostly used for agricultural purposes, and its vast mangroves give the local tigers the opportunity to breed and thrive in their natural habitat. The area is also home to other endangered Southeast Asian wildcats including leopards and fishing cats.
Durminskoye Reserve - Russia
The Durminskoye Reserve in Russia's Far East is home to the most endangered species of tiger in the world - the Siberian tiger. Hunted to the verge of extinction by colonial powers in the 1940s, the Siberian tiger was saved when the Soviet Union became the first country to grant tigers full state protection. The 20,000-hectare area is home to 500 of these rare species, but the area's sheer size means sighting one is less likely than in India or Nepal. However, the extreme Siberian temperatures in summer and winter, as well as its remoteness make this area appealing to the more alternative explorer.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve - Maharashtra
The Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is located in the Chandrapur district of India's Maharashtra state, and is the region's oldest and biggest national park. In addition to its local tiger population, the park gives visitors the opportunity a great opportunity to witness a wild tiger thanks to its safari tours. In addition to the tigers, nature aficionados may also bear witness to crocodiles, sambar, langur monkeys and many different species of exotic birds.
For further information on other unique travel experiences such as off-roading trails and other top travel tips, visit www.smartlemur.com.
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