Our safari jeep picked us up at 6:30 a.m. Our wildlife guide, Arvinda, explained that the Tiger Reserve’s goal is to preserve the Royal Bengal Tiger. There are 33 tigers and their cubs living on the reserve. The Royal Bengal Tiger weighs 265 kg and is considered the KING here! Even the leopards keep their distance from the tigers. All together, there are 40 species of wild cats, including the elusive leopards whose numbers are far greater than the tigers. The Bengal Royal Tigers used to number in the tens of thousands. Because tigers need lots of land to range, only 40 can survive on this reserve.
Suddenly, our wildlife guide heard an ALARM CALL! The monkeys, deer, and peacocks work as a team and give out alarm calls when they see a tiger on the prowl. This alarm call came from a deer.
“Shhhh! SILENCE PLEASE! TIGER COMING.”
I tried to be quiet, but my heart was going BOOM BOOM BOOM so loudly I thought for sure the whole forest could hear it! I was at the back of the jeep and the first to see our MAJESTIC TIGER. I could barely steady my hands to take this photo! Our tiger was a beautiful 6 year old female weighing around 265 kilos. We watched her sit down, lick her paws, and give a giant yawn. I have never seen anything so beautiful in my life!