By the early 1970s Indian tigers had been hunted and poached to the sting of extinction – simply 1800 have been left, down from an estimated 40,000 within the 1930s.
The Prime Minister on the time, Indira Gandhi, banned looking and arrange 15 reserves throughout the nation to attempt to re-establish the tiger in its pure habitat.
These reserves allowed the land to return to nature and the tigers to flourish, protected by wardens.
Tiger professional Valmik Thapar tells the BBC how he noticed tiger numbers develop considerably, reaching 4000 within the 1990s. But since then poaching has returned and he fears for the way forward for the tiger.
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