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Tigers Congratulations on "Lord of the Indian Jungle" (December 1984). My attention was caught by the words, "she [Kulu] walks over to Snarl, who purrs in pleasure and friendship." Do tigers purr? I read in another publication that, whereas the small cats purr but do not roar, the big cats roar but do not purr. Richard L. C. Hunting Nova Friburgo, Brazil Tigers and some other bigcats do indeedpurr, but they must stop to catch their breath. Small cats can purrfor extended periods, but cannot roar. I have just returned from a trip to Bangladesh, where I spent some time in the dense mangrove swamp forest in the extreme southwest of the country, among the last footholds of the royal Bengal tiger. I'm thrilled to read that in Kanha the tigers are coming back from extinction, but unfortunately I fear desperately for the great ti gers of Bengal. The government has proclaimed the area a national wildlife reserve, but the tigers' numbers have dwindled to 400. Even more alarming and depressing is to witness, as I did only three weeks ago in Dhaka, a rich Arab pur chasing the skin of a freshly killed tiger! Gregory Wait Cazals, France Index This past spring I had a stroke. I did not have any motor damage, but it left my memory in bad shape. While I was in the hospital, the new Na tional Geographic Index came. When I got home, I could not read, and my math skills were gone too. I felt lost. My wife showed me the new book, but I just wanted to send it back. She said just take a look at it for a while. After a few days I started to recognize some of the pictures and the stories that went with them from reading years ago. It was wonderful. I had found a new key to read again. Little by little, the picture and the caption under it started to make sense again. I would take a picture, then find the issue, and build on that until I could make the story out. It was a great adventure. My short-time memory is still very poor, but many of my old friends from your pages are open ing things for me again. John Malarkey Lansdowne, Pennsylvania Lettersshould be addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted.