Name of tiger. Age. Name of father of tiger. Age.

There are no more than 1,400 left in India today; over a quarter of them (about 366) in the western ghats. But each one has to be counted, for that’s how valuable the tiger is. And not just because it’s India’s national animal because also because it is the most endangered species in the world. On Friday, volunteers joined forest department staff during the year-long census at the Bandipur national park.

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News

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Nagalinga raised his arm. Behind was a charging elephant cow’