Sumatran tiger behind tree by Tambako The Jaguar
Taiga walking by Tambako The Jaguar
Credit: Becky Oskin
There’s great hope for tigers in India, but miscalculated census numbers don’t help, says revered big cat expert Ullas Karanth.By Vicki Croke
“In the same places where there were less than 50 to 60 tigers, now I put my cameras and I get 400 tigers—they have come back.”The good news is that this very sober scientist does believe in miracles. Especially where tigers are concerned, because he’s seen a tiger miracle take place once already in India. He grew up in southern India, in the very area where he now conducts his tiger research. But back when he was a boy, the forests were pretty empty.