The ‘Big Mac, with extra cheese ’ of the tiger world. Though a tiger’s diet is reasonable varied, the Sāmbhar is arguably its favorite comfort food.
A single tiger needs about 50 deer sized animals or about 7000 pounds of meat a year to survive in the wild. There is a theory that is gaining traction that almost all large wildlife the world over, i.e tigers, sāmbhars, polar bears, whales etc are all dwindling in numbers.
Having been a regular visitor to Ranthambore for many, many years, it does seem to me that the tigers seem to be killing more Neelgais ( Bluebulls ) and Cheetals ( Axis deer ) and fewer Sambar than they ever used to. I hope I’m wrong.