The tiger (Panthera tigris) is the largest cat species, reaching a total body length of up to 3.38 m (11.1 ft) over curves and exceptionally weighing up to 388.7 kg (857 lb) in the wild. Its most recognizable feature is a pattern of dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter underside. The species is classified in the genus Panthera with the lion, leopard, jaguar and snow leopard. Tigers are apex predators, primarily preying on ungulates such as deer and bovids. They are territorial and generally solitary but social animals, often requiring large contiguous areas of habitat that support their prey requirements. This, coupled with the fact that they are indigenous to some of the more densely populated places on Earth, has caused significant conflicts with humans.
MANDA ZOO IS SITUATED ONLY 6 KM.AWAY FROM JAMMU CITY, THIS SANCTUARY OCCUPIES AN AREA OF 31 SQ.KM. THE AREA SUSTAINS 8 MAMMAL SPECIES INCLUDING NILGAI AND BARKING DEER AND 15 SPECIES OF BIRDS. THE BEST SEASON FOR MAMMAL VIEWING IS SEPTEMBER TO MARCH AND FOR BIRD VIEWING MARCH TO MAY
Zoos and Wildlife protected areas around the world are being looked upon as centers for imparting education and spreading awareness about wild animals and plants with their habitat concerns and conservation scenario .With urban concrete conglomerations fast stretching out in all corners, such spaces are a boon for the city dwellers. A visit to Zoo can be a picnic for fun but it provides a ready made large captive audience for spreading awareness about conservation and wildlife issues .
Ramnagar wildlife sanctuary and Manda Zoo near Jammu is not only morning walker’s paradise and abode for wildlife researchers but it has a great potential in spreading green consciousness among visitors under Eco tourism as well. Manda has unique assemblage of dry deciduous trees and shrubs as well as subtropical animals to attract nature lovers. It is the only green lung located near Jammu city overlooking river Tawi as an ideal locale for studying and enjoying nature .