These 2 cubs have both killed people – the female in the foreground killed 2 people –  an accident as they came in to collect forest products. The male in back killed and ate a guard.

These 2 cubs have both killed people – the female in the foreground killed 2 people – an accident as they came in to collect forest products. The male in back killed and ate a guard.

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Steve Winter

Tigers live in perhaps the highest density in Kaziranga National Park of any place in India. In other national parks in India, tigers are in great peril, heavily-hunted by poachers, but here the park is protected by armed guards—and poachers tend to targe

Tigers live in perhaps the highest density in Kaziranga National Park of any place in India. In other national parks in India, tigers are in great peril, heavily-hunted by poachers, but here the park is protected by armed guards—and poachers tend to target the Indian one-horned rhinos instead. Here, a young male is photographed by a “camera trap” as it emerges from the elephant grass.

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Steve Winter

This is why tigers have stripes! Camo.

This is why tigers have stripes! Camo.

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Kaziranga is the only park in India with a shoot to kill policy for poachers. Here guards heard a gunshot and are looking in the direction it is coming from – Kaziranga has the highest density of tigers in the world.

Kaziranga is the only park in India with a shoot to kill policy for poachers. Here guards heard a gunshot and are looking in the direction it is coming from – Kaziranga has the highest density of tigers in the world.

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Steve Winter

These men were apprehended in January 2011 while trying to sell a tiger skin near Chandrapur, India. The illegal trade in tiger bone, eyes, whiskers, teeth and other parts for traditional Chinese medicine is run by international crime syndicates that also

These men were apprehended in January 2011 while trying to sell a tiger skin near Chandrapur, India. The illegal trade in tiger bone, eyes, whiskers, teeth and other parts for traditional Chinese medicine is run by international crime syndicates that also traffic drugs and guns—a five million dollar a year business. On the ground, poachers may be either roving gangs or local people trying to supplement their income. These men were capture by local informants in a program set up by The Wildlife Protection Society of India who pay local people for information when they see someone poaching wildlife or cutting trees.

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Poachers caught for killing rhinos for their horn – tigers are safe here as it is much easier for poachers to kill a rhino and cut off its horn, where a tiger needs to be skinned and de-boned as the bones are so valuable.

Poachers caught for killing rhinos for their horn – tigers are safe here as it is much easier for poachers to kill a rhino and cut off its horn, where a tiger needs to be skinned and de-boned as the bones are so valuable.

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Steve Winter

Pancham Baigher was killed with one swat of a tiger’s paw to the back of the head. He was walking thru a village – wrong place wrong time. The tigress had come into the village to kill a cow to eat with her 2 grown cubs – the park took the cow and buried

Pancham Baigher was killed with one swat of a tiger’s paw to the back of the head. He was walking thru a village – wrong place wrong time. The tigress had come into the village to kill a cow to eat with her 2 grown cubs – the park took the cow and buried it – then on elephant back they tried to move the tigress back into the park – while they were doing this – this man was killed in front of me. His brothers work for the park and were on the elephant that was moving the tiger.

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Steve Winter

Steve spent weeks on an elephant, waiting to get a photo of the cubs in a secluded den, only glimpsing the tips of this cub’s ears as it nursed. But after 24 days, this wary, cautious three-month-old cub finally made its appearance—and Steve got off three

Steve spent weeks on an elephant, waiting to get a photo of the cubs in a secluded den, only glimpsing the tips of this cub’s ears as it nursed. But after 24 days, this wary, cautious three-month-old cub finally made its appearance—and Steve got off three frames before it bolted for the cave.

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Steve Winter

Although usually found in tropical area, tigers have a low tolerance for high temperatures and direct sun and seek refuge from midday heat. Here, 14-month old sibling cubs cool off in the Patpara Nala watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, India.

Although usually found in tropical area, tigers have a low tolerance for high temperatures and direct sun and seek refuge from midday heat. Here, 14-month old sibling cubs cool off in the Patpara Nala watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, India.

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Steve Winter

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