For the first time ever in the past one century, the world has witnessed an increase the tiger population. Recent global surveys have reveal that there has been 22 percent hike in the tiger population all across the globe. According to reports, there were 3,200 tigers in 2010 and figures have gone up to 3,890 tigers in 2016.
More than half of the world’s tigers live in India. Due to Project Tiger and help from local authorities India has managed to increase the population of tiger by more than 500 in last years and the result has also reflected in global tiger count.
Apart from India, home to second highest number of wild cats –Russia, Nepal and Bhutan have also shown immense growth in the population of tigers.
“For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise. This offers us great hope and shows that we can save species and their habitats when governments, local communities, and conservationists work together,” said Marco Lambertini, director general of WWF International, in a statement.
Figures were released just a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the three-day mega meet, the third Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation, on Tuesday.
As per the latest figures, India (2,226), Russia (433), Indonesia (371), Malasia (250), Nepal (198), Thailand (189), Bangladesh (106), Bhutan (103), China (7), Vietnam (5), and Laos (2) tigers. Tigers living in the Myanmar (85 in 2010) are not included in the global count since the country has not yet revealed the current tiger count.
In India, Karnataka (406) has the highest number of tigers in the age group of 1.5 years and more, which is followed by Uttarakhand (340), Madhya Pradesh (308), Tamil Nadu (229), Maharashtra (190), Assam (167). Kerala (136) and Uttar Pradesh (117).
Union environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar was happy to say that Project Tiger is working brilliantly and the government has allocated Rs 380 crores to the Project Tiger in the current fiscal year.