Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Predator Prey Base Analysis in a Tiger Reserve

  • Predator prey base analysis in a tiger reserve

    For the last ten years we have been visiting Ranthambhore tiger reserve with groups of students to monitor aspects of tiger biology and their conservation.  All aspects of tiger conservation are important, but we are particularly interested in the amount of suitable habitat and prey items available to them, as there is a direct relationship between the amount of space, food available and tiger population structure.  We therefore make population estimates for the principal prey items in the Park.  With my student groups we record the spatial position of tigers, their co-predators and in particular their principal prey items.    The aims of our monitoring are to further understand the population dynamics of tigers and their prey items as we think that ultimately the changing fortunes of tigers and their prey items in relation to elevated tourism, agriculture and climate change will be possible to calculate over time.

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    Tiger at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve