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Tyger! Tyger!

Tigers are rare and elusive. To see one in the wild, head to India

By Emily Witt   January 2012

Few animals in the last century have suffered more than the tiger. In 1900 there were 100,000. Today, the World Wide Fund for Nature estimates that fewer than 3,500 remain in the wild, many in isolated pockets of Asia and far eastern Russia. Facing continued threats from shrinking habitats, human-animal conflict and poachers, only a handful of natural reserves can offer tourists reasonable assurances of spotting William Blake’s “Tyger! Tyger! burning bright / In the forests of the night.”

For now, the best opportunities are in India, which has at least half of the world’s remaining population of wild tigers.…

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