Bengal Tigers of Ranthambore
Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in far northern India is home to about 40 Bengal Tigers.
Ranthambore in far northern India has been a reserve for tigers in one form or the other since the 1950s. There are no fences, and all families have been cleared off of the land once part of the large Fort Ranthambore community. Tigers are protected here, and the population flucuates. On our visit in the summer the extreme heat (130 degrees F) drove the tigers to ponds to digest their kills before the heat turned them rancid in their stomaches.
Tigers born here are tolerant of the limited number of guided tours each day. Tours are carefully sent to one of five areas to prevent crowding, but when a tiger is sighted, all the jeeps and small buses congregate. These huge animals stand taller that the sides of the jeeps so one depends on their willingness to deal with us.