A Bengal Tiger. This gorgeous animal needs no introduction. What a stunning beauty.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the best way to see a wild Tiger was in a small handful of very touristy parks.
Jeeps and drivers would compete and even crash into each other to try to show their guests a tiger if one was found.
It was a terrible experience that felt nothing like being in the wild.
But for this one shot, I happened to have been up on the back of an elephant and out into the jungle just a bit.
The size and majesty of a tiger cannot be appreciated from a picture of me putting a story on here.
Seeing one in person, even if only at your local zoo, you would certainly be amazed by a tiger.
Unfortunately, in spite of best efforts, tigers are still at risk of disappearing from the wild entirely.

Bandhavgarh National Park, India
February 2006