Members will no doubt be delighted to know that JSTCC’s adopted tiger Kamrita has become a grandmother! Her daughter Ranu has recently given birth to twin cubs, sex as yet unknown.
More good news is that the numbers of tigers in India is on the increase. In 2006 there was believed to be just 1,411 remaining in the wild, but due to improved protection within tiger reserves and other protected areas, a 2014 survey estimated the population to be as high as 2,226.
However, life does not seem to be going so well for the North London ambush of tigers, which, though not decreasing in great numbers, is struggling to maintain a viable existence in an progressively competitive environment.
‘We are becoming increasingly worried about the Winchmore Hill ambush, or streak as it is sometimes called,’ said a WWF spokeswoman. ‘It has a number of elderly males which have clearly seen better days and are in constant need of care and attention. Most of them are now too old for breeding, although no females have been spotted with the group for some time. There are a few younger males, but these are often not present, probably away elsewhere looking for a mate. Indeed the alpha male Mothboy, who dramatically usurped the position of the previous A-male late last year, has not been seen that much either. Most of the hunting appears to be done by a previous alpha called Ry-Tee, who is known to have a voracious appetite and is always on the lookout for food.’