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#16
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On an average, a tiger needs 10 sq. km. of territory, which means JCNP has about 30 tigers more than its capacity currently., the tiger density increases significantly, if you do not consider the buffer zone. So, tigers need buffer zone like never before, in fact a trouble -free buffer zone for unhindered movement of tiger and its prey, even if it requires shifting resorts 100 miles (if it helps in tiger conservation at all).


I don't know where you are getting those numbers but they are way off and totally off the mark.

A male tiger needs 60-100 sqkm of territory in a area where prey is abundant and in areas where prey is scarce, it is much higher (for example, the Siberian tiger has a much larger territory than the Bengal tiger because of its habitat and lack of prey). A tigress needs about 20-40 sq km in territory and it often overlaps with male territory.
The size of most tiger reserves in India are much too small to support the density of tiger population except for places like Sunderbans. But it is better than nothing.

The dilemma of resorts in or near tiger reserves is a double edged sword. Offlate, eco tourism is what keeps most species teetering on the brink of extinction alive and forcing governments to step up conservation efforts. So the lure of revenues from wildlife tourism is why still there are still some tigers left in the wild (very anemic numbers to say the least) or they would all have been poached by now. And this new boost from wildlife tourism is what has given rise to resorts in or near the tiger reserves and it is very tricky to argue if they should be moved 50 or 100 miles away from the national parks. And resorts and wildlife tourism helps tiger conservation not hinder it.

Given that dilemma, sometimes tiger and man conflicts are unavoidable and it is the natural order of things when man and wildlife territory overlap.
#17
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Originally posted by: carcorodoncarcharias View Post

I don't know where you are getting those numbers but they are way off and totally off the mark.


Thanks for pointing it out :)...it shows that even more drastic measures are required.

However, as you yourself mentioned that territory size varies with the availability of prey. So I am sticking with my numbers in the Indian context, though I should have provided with a range. It is true that despite being territorial, multiple tigers can follow the same trail, and if unchallenged, a tiger can cover an area as large as 500 sq.km. They have also been spotted at the hieght of 10,000 ft., which is typically not considered their habitat.

"And resorts and wildlife tourism helps tiger conservation not hinder it."

Is this your personal opinion or is there any empirical evidence behind it??

Last but not the least..thanks for your response. lets keep this healthy discussion going..cheers
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Money to be made from having tigers as opposed to hunting them, hmm..
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Is this your personal opinion or is there any empirical evidence behind it??


Well it is the opinion of various wildlife conservationists who in the last 25-30 years have pushed hard for conserving wildlife in the Asian and sub saharan African countries where poaching and hunting have wreaked havoc on the local wildlife population. And the increase in population of many species which were teetering on the brink of extinction 30 years ago seems to support that.

Wildlife tourism is a great alternative to hunting and poaching and people who have been doing it before as a means of livelihood and survival. Offering an alternate revenue stream thru wildlife tourism has changed things in wildlife conservation and it is making governments step up conservation efforts and keep the wildlife alive as a sustainable revenue steam.

Unfortunately, resorts springing up near wildlife parks is a side effect of the increasing number of tourists. Though it may not be the most ideal, it is way more benign than no revenue stream from tourism and back to poaching and hunting ways.

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