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The Chenchu tribe think of the tiger as their brother. They understand their forest and its wildlife better than anybody else and have shaped, nurtured and protected this environment for millennia. Yet their lives are being destroyed by government efforts to conserve this animal. Survival International researcher Fiore Longo spent time with them in Amrabad…

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By Drew T. Cronin, SMART Partnership Program Manager Big cats are some of the world’s most iconic and revered wildlife species, and the focus of this year’s World Wildlife Day on March 3. However, these species, from Jaguars in Latin America to tigers in far eastern Russia, face numerous threats, including habitat loss and degradation,…

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I’ve been extremely fortunate to have spent the past seven months working and traveling in Southeast Asia with support from the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Fulbright program. While my research has brought me to Singapore and Gibraltar a number of times, I had not previously stayed long enough in either place to explore…

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Talking Tigers: Part 4 of a 12-part series India’s tigers have been in the crosshairs for centuries, with elite safaris dating back to the early 16th century. They rose out of Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud-Din Muhammad Akbar’s passion for big game: He began a tradition of  royal hunting, or shikar, that was carried on by Mughal rulers until the dynasty…

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Thanks to affordable digital cameras and sophisticated software, conservationists like K. Ullas Karanth of the Wildlife Conservation Society now have powerful tools to accurately monitor tigers in the wild. In this video, Karanth describes how an earlier method of trying to assess the status of wild populations of the world’s largest cat by peering at…

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Talking Tigers: Part 3 of a 12-part series We pulled out of the honking pandemonium of morning traffic into the cement schoolyard of Chhotubhai Patel High School. It was only slightly quieter than the street. Hundreds of kids milled about or huddled in small groups, practicing cheers that blended into a rhythmic, unintelligible wall of…

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Talking Tigers: Part 2 of a 12-part series In December 2013 at the Tadoba Tiger Reserve in India, we finally got the word: Three confiscated steel-jawed poacher’s traps would be brought to the Forest Department office at one o’clock, and we’d been granted permission to film them. We grabbed our equipment and jumped in the…

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National Geographic wildlife photographers have often recounted the painful waiting period that comes with getting the perfect shot. Countless hours are spent sitting within the stuffy confines of a blind or perched behind a crop of tall grasses, camera lens at the ready, waiting for the animal to stalk past. Photographer Steve Winter has spent his career…

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This week, wildlife photojournalist Steve Winter’s story about cougars appears in the December issue of National Geographic. He’s become the big cat guy—it’s the fourth species he’s covered for the magazine. This is a also a big week for him and me: our new book, Tigers Forever: Saving the World’s Most Endangered Big Cat, published…

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“Wait, what?” people would say when I told them I worked for the Global Tiger Initiative at the World Bank. “The Bank is saving tigers?” For a financial institution that strives to end world poverty, maybe it’s difficult to connect the dots to tiger conservation. The idea is that poverty cannot be eradicated without a sustainable…

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“Wait, what?” people would say when I told them I worked for the Global Tiger Initiative at the World Bank. “The Bank is saving tigers?” For a financial institution that strives to end world poverty, maybe it’s difficult to connect the dots to tiger conservation. The idea is that poverty cannot be eradicated without a sustainable…

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This is the first in a series of articles on big cat conservation by Ullas Karanth. Pollsters say tigers are the most popular animal species on this planet. Unfortunately, they are also among the most threatened. Direct killing and overhunting of their prey by humans, as well as habitat reduction by 93% in just two…

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This is the first in a series of articles on big cat conservation by Ullas Karanth. Pollsters say tigers are the most popular animal species on this planet. Unfortunately, they are also among the most threatened. Direct killing and overhunting of their prey by humans, as well as habitat reduction by 93% in just two…

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