Royal Bengal Tigers of Sundarbans National Park
Today, more than ever, when the tiger is being pushed to the very brink of extinction, we need real environmentalists and nature lovers, to save and preserve this magnificent creature. This beautiful feline creature has used up almost all its proverbial nine lives.
Royal Bengal Tigers which are found in India, Bangladesh and Mayanmar, is one of the most endangered species of this world. Through the implementation of Project Tiger, much has been achieved but much needs to be developed yet. Some of the wildlife sanctuaries that give shelter to the dwindling tiger fraternity are Corbett wildlife sanctuary, Sarsika wildlife reserve, Sunderbans and the likes.
These Royal Bengal Tigers generally thrive on mangrove and deciduous forests, which gives way to a lot of marshy swamps and grasslands which are ideal for these tigers to hide themselves while preying for their food.
More than three fourths of the Royal Bengal Tigers in eastern India can be found in the marshy delta of the Sunderbans. Sunderbans has been notified as a world heritage site by the UNESCO. These Bengal Tigers are purely carnivores in nature and thrive on small or medium sized animals for their day to day diet. However after a certain point of time when they are unable to hunt for themselves, they become man eaters.
It is still a mystery to the enviromentalists how these Royal Bengal Tigers in Sunderbans thrive on salt water. This is a living proof of the adaptation theory of the ecosystem.
There's a folklore that is associated with the Royal Bengal Tigers of Sunderbans, which makes the whole area all the more enchanting. It is believed that Bonobibi, the goddess of the forest, guards over all her subjects in Sunderbans. No one, be it fishermen, honey collectors or poachers venture out without invoking Ma Bonobibi.