Bathing Tigress, India

Photograph by Michael Nichols, National Geographic

March 20, 2002

With feline grace abandoned, Bachhi takes her picture by breaking an infrared beam at an unmanned remote-camera in Bandhavgarh. Sweltering in 120-degree heat, she seeks relief in a pool, despite its fetid brew of rotting leaves and monkey urine.

Photograph and text from the December 1997 feature story "Making Room for Wild Tigers."