Some good news for tiger and wildlife conservationists at this International Tiger Day. The Royal Bengal Tiger is thriving as well as multiplying at the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park.

This national park has the highest density of tigers, which is higher than that of the Kaziranga National Park, at around 35.44 per 100 square km. Ranger officer Chakrapani Rai ball parks the tiger number in Orang at 28. He adds that the number could be higher since not all the tigers in this park have been counted. Rai, fifty year old, is a wildlife veteran, having spent half his life in the forest reserves. He has spent the past five years in Orang. He knows the tiger reserve quite well. Rai says that he is on guard round the clock. “You do not know when your day starts, and when and how it could end. Life in jungle is unpredictable,” he says, adding: “I have to ensure everyone is safe: animals and guards and ensure poachers don’t poison tigers.” RGONP is spread over more than 78.81 sq km and straddles the Darrang and Sonitpur districts of Assam. The closest city is Tezpur. The park has dense vegetation, […]

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