Bengal tigers are the most numerous of the six tiger subspecies, accounting for about half of the world's population of wild tigers.Despite their status as an icon of India and Bangladesh, Bengal tigers are an endangered species. The largest population of Bengal tigers lives in Sundarbans National Park, in West Bengal, India. The national park covers about 1,330 square kilometers (328,680 acres) of the densely forested delta of the Ganges River.As human populations increase, so does conflict between humans and Bengal tigers. Development and hunting have contributed to a reduction of the tiger's natural prey—buffalo, deer, wild pigs, and other large mammals of the Sundarbans. Thus, humans have become targets for the hungry predators.Watch the short, two-minute video and review the comprehension and critical-thinking questions in our ‘Questions’ tab.
What is the range of the Bengal tiger? Watch the video for some help.
Where is Sundarbans National Park? What habitat does it encompass? Watch the video for some help.
Sundarbans National Park boasts the largest concentration of Bengal tigers in the world. What other animals are indigenous to the Sundarbans? Watch the video for some help.
What factors contribute to the human-tiger conflict that exists in Sundarbans National Park?
How do you think the local Indian population might respond to the danger?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry delta Noun
the flat, low-lying plain that sometimes forms at the mouth of a river from deposits of sediments.
Encyclopedic Entry: delta densely Adverb
heavily or crowded.
construction or preparation of land for housing, industry, or agriculture.
endangered species Noun
organism threatened with extinction.
Encyclopedic Entry: endangered species forest Verb
to cover with trees and other vegetation.
to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.
an image or person used to represent something.
animal with hair that gives birth to live offspring. Female mammals produce milk to feed their offspring.
national park Noun
geographic area protected by the national government of a country.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.
(subsp.) group of organisms within a single species, often distinguished by geographic isolation.