Wild tiger in Ranthambhore. India

Ranthambore National Park, established in 1972 under Project Tiger, is a must-see for people visiting Rajasthan. There are currently around 35 adult tigers in the park, plus jackals, chital, leopards, alligators and birds. The well preserved ruins of a tenth century fort located in the park are open to visitors.

We saw this female tiger during an early morning tour of the park; she came within 30 feet of our open jeep and sat there for several minutes, unperturbed by us humans. Despite her tranquil behavior, she had recently fought and killed another adult female tiger, who was trying to protect her two cubs. The two youngsters were subsequently adopted by their father, an event that apparently had never before been observed in the wild.

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Taken on March 16, 2012