If you ever think about what you might do for food and sex, think again. A tiger has recently made a record-breaking journey across India. The tiger walked over 1,300 kilometers, which has been recorded as the longest walk ever recorded in India.
The tiger, C1, is a 2 and a half-year-old male who has been followed by Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary; a sanctuary that keeps tabs on all of the tigers in the area.
In June of 2019, C1 began his journey and walked over a huge amount of terrain in India such as roads, hills, waterways, and much more. After walking through seven different districts, C1 finally made his way into Dnyanganga sanctuary in December.
Senior biologist for the Wildlife Institute of India, Dr. Bilal Habib, told BBC News:
“The tiger is possibly looking for territory, food, and a mate. Most of the potential tiger areas [in India] are full and new tigers have to explore more.”
Noting how a Tiger made a giant track of over 1,300 Kilometers just to mate and have some decent food on the way. What a life right?
his journey, C1 ate wild pigs and cattle to keep himself full. During the
entire trip, C1 only ran into humans once which resulted in one of the humans
The reason this story is so important is that tigers are endangered species. There are only 2,100 to 3,100 left in the wild, most of which are only in a few different countries.
While in India, although the return of tigers in India is certainly a good thing for conservationists, there have been an increasing amount of human and tiger conflicts. For example, the tiger Avni killed at least 13 people during a two-year span until the tiger was shot and killed.
However, what’s most important is that C1’s journey highlighted how environmental changes can affect the wild and the animals that live in it.
Field Director of Pench Tiger Reserve, Govekar Ravikiran, told Times of India:
“It indicates that the tigers may have to cover much longer distances and cross the human-dominated, non-forested landscapes in the pursuit of its new territory and mates, much beyond our traditional understanding.”
It certainly highlights the role we have on our planet and why we need to figure out a way to ensure the continued health of it.