It was officially confirmed in 2009 that tigers became extinct in Panna tiger reserve. In 2005, a poacher was caught near to Panna who confessed he traded 8 tiger skins sourced from Panna. Between 2005-2009, there were very few tigers left in panna. They are the last tigers of Panna, photographed by tourists.
Here are some of them,
A pug-mark – fresh -we were told. From the size, one could make out that it was a large male. Tigers have soft paws. So they prefer to walk on the road whenever possible. We drove down to the nearest watch tower and heard then the ‘good news’. A large male tiger had been sighted. Elephants from the forest department had tracked him down. In a situation like this, one or two elephants stand at a distance to keep the tiger in one place. Visitors are taken close to the cat on another elephant. We were lucky to be the first to reach the tiger on an elephant.
And there it was! A huge, majestic tiger, curiously looking at us from a distance of less than 20 feet. Later on, we were told that he has been the dominant male of that territory for the past three years. He is referred to as “62” by locals as he has a design similar to “6” above his right eyebrow and “2” above the left.
Later on, we were told that he has been the dominant male of that territory for the past three years. He is referred to as “62” by locals as he has a design similar to “6” above his right eyebrow and “2” above the left.
Last tiger - Photographed by Wildlife Institute of India during Jan-2009