Tigers in Action

Tiger cubs playing in Bandhavgarh National Park

We all have different ideas of how our first tiger sighting will ideally be, and Tiger safari India tries to make all your tiger sightings as pleasant and exciting as they can possibly be. You can spot your first tiger behind a bush or beside a lake (where tigers and many animals gather to drink water). They are known to travel alone, because tigers like being solitary. Just like our first sightings, our ideas of what tigers are like are also varied. Here are a few really unusual facts that might change the way you think about these majestic wild creatures:

Tigers love sleeping!
Yes, these brave, golden cats are major sleepyheads. They spend around 18 hours each day either relaxing or simply lazing around and sleeping. Wildlife photographers find it tough to take a lot of pictures of running tigers or shots of tigers in action but they often have plenty of pictures of sleeping or resting tigers.

And often, tigers will prefer to rest in shallow water.
In our country, it is not surprising to find tigers resting in shallow water holes to keep their bodies cool. They love lazing in the coolness of water, or even mating in water.

Tigers are most active at night.
The reason behind this is easy to guess – tigers know that not every chase is going to end in a kill. Being unusually active during the day because of the uncomfortable heat, the wise animal doesn’t move unless it is absolutely necessary to do so. Their night vision is about six times better than humans.

When do tigers roar?
Tigers do not roar to frighten other animals. They normally roar to say something to other tigers that might be very far off. They do not roar at a possible prey. While going for the kill, tigers will most likely only hiss, though in a very menacing and scary way.

But we do have exceptions!
The Bengal Tigers in Ranthambhore National Park are delightful exceptions to the ‘Never active during the daytime’ rule because they are very lively and active all throughout the day. This is one of the reasons why your chances of spotting tigers at Ranthambhore are always exceptionally high.

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Sharad Vats

Born and brought up in New Delhi, it was Sharad’s childhood passion to play cricket for India. While on a holiday in 1990, he saw his first tiger. Little did he know that this one sighting would immerse him into a realm where forests and tigers were all that mattered. Sharad’s experiences as a wildlife photographer have inspired him to observe the tiger’s behavior for over 30 years and motivated him on his own journey as an entrepreneur. He started Nature Safari India Pvt Ltd, with a focus on “Conservation through Tourism.” to align himself to the mission of saving the regal species and repopulating them in India’s forests. In 2006, he set up one of India’s premier jungle lodges in Kanha National Park. Sharad believes that there are many lessons to be learned from a tiger that can be applied successfully to leadership—both in business and in life. Here's a new book by Sharad Vats on management and leadership skills to learn from a Tiger. Buy now on Amazon