‘Tigers are fighting a losing battle,’ warn wildlife photographers Andy Rouse and Aditya (‘Dicky’) Singh.
Habitat loss and poaching are the two greatest conservation threats to these beautiful creatures. And it is in India – home to more than half of the world’s tigers – that the battle for the tiger’s survival will be won or lost. One bright spot is Ranthambhore National Park, where Rouse and Singh first worked together in 2008. In the same year was born the female tiger they call Noor, the subject of their book Noor, Queen of Ranthambhore – crowd funded and four years in the making.
Noor’s first cub, a single male, Sultan, was born in 2012. In 2014 she gave birth to two more male cubs, Kaliya and Dholiya. A third litter apparently died in the den – perhaps killed by a leopard. And in 2016 came three females, now grown to adulthood. Among so many stunning images, it is those of Noor the mother – protective, loving, sometimes strict – that above all warm the heart. Of course tigers must eat, and with hungry mouths to feed, Noor must hunt down her prey. But that is Nature, after all, that’s what tigers do. A percentage of the profits from the book will be ploughed into Tiger Watch, an NGO dedicated to protecting wildlife in and around Ranthambhore.
We hope it will be a roaring success.
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