There are only 2,700 to 4,000 Bengal tigers left in the world. Over the last 100 years, Bengal tigers have lost 93% of their former habitat. Bengal tigers once roamed all over Asia and now they are spread out between reserves in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China, and Myanmar (WWF 2013). The map pictured below shows where Bengal tigers currently reside as well as their previous range.


Bengal tigers inhabit a wide variety of climates and geographic landscapes. The habitat ranges from tropical rainforests, evergreen forests, mangrove swamps, grasslands, savannas, temperate forests, and on the base of the Himalayan Mountains. The image pictured below is a temperate forest in Nepal.

Currently there are over 80 tiger reserves in India. These reserves started to be sectioned off in 1972 with the help of “Project Tiger” (see Endangered Species page for details). A tiger reserve or “sanctuary” as many are called, provides a “natural” habitat for Bengal tigers without the fear of being poached or going into extinction. Reserves ensure the conservation of Bengal tigers and enable a growing and viable population. (WWF 2013)

Picture taken of a Royal Bengal Tiger being housed in a reserve in India







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