WildHope Digital Magazine WildHope Fall 2012 : Page 24

EYE OF THE TIGER CONSERVATION PHOTO ESSAY BY STEVE WINTER Two boys with tiger motifs painted on their bodies in celebration of Muharram, the Muslim new year in Umaria, India. In some parts of the Muslim world, people paint their bodies and wear mask to impersonate tigers and dance “Pulikali” or “the tiger dance.” A male Bengal tiger stalks a spotted deer in India’s Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve. The Sundarbans, the world’s largest wetland, is a tiger stronghold and is also the area with the most human deaths attributed to tigers. Here, a tiger crossing from one island to the next hears the call of another male. 24

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