National animal – Royal Bengal Tiger

Royal Bengal Tiger (Panthera Tigris, Linnaeus) was chosen as the National Animal Of India in April 1973, as a part of ‘Project Tiger’ which was initiated to protect tigers from becoming extinct. Prior to this Lion was the National Animal of India but as tiger was becoming a missing animal from India’s wildlife wealth at that time, the Government of India declared it as the National Animal. Tigers are known for their strength, power, elegance, agility and intelligence. It is also called as the Lord of Jungles because of its royalty and grace.