'Black' and 'golden' tigers point to challenges in India's tiger conservation story

India's growing tiger population finds itself captive in increasingly fragmented habitats.
India's growing tiger population finds itself captive in increasingly fragmented habitats.PHOTO: DR RAJESH KUMAR MOHAPATRA, BIOLOGIST, NANDANAKANA BIOLOGICAL PARK

NEW DELHI - Home to about two-thirds of the world's tigers, India has seen its big cats thrive - an achievement widely acknowledged as a conservation success story. Tiger numbers in the wild have doubled from 1,411 in 2006 to 2,967 in the last quadrennial count in 2018.

But with this good news comes a worry.

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