In this webinar series, Annie Van Dinther interviews Expedition Leaders from around the world to discover the heart of the places they love and call home. Her quest is to take you on a journey with our guides, via stories and photographs, that leaves you feeling like you’ve been there. In this episode, Aditya Panda takes us deep into the Central India Tiger Landscape, his primary focus as conservationist and naturalist guide. India is home to more than 70% of the world's surviving wild tigers. Not so long ago, tigers were found across nearly the whole of India, but as human populations have grown, tiger habitat began to disappear. With the fragmentation of “Tigerland,” the cats’ numbers declined, since this wide-ranging predator needs vast tracts of untouched wild terrain to survive. Despite focused policies to protect India’s remaining tigers, habitat fragmentation persists as a key threat. Join Aditya to explore the last great subcontinent-wide tiger landscape that is literally in the heart of India. Spanning eight states, the Central India Tiger Landscape is home to more than a third of India's tigers, maintaining a high level of connectivity through wildlife corridors. On this journey into the land of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book, filled with fascinating wildlife, Aditya regales us with his experiences as a naturalist and conservationist who has been working on this landscape since his teens.
Originally presented September 10, 2020
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