There has been a bump of 30 percent in the population of Indian Tigers since 2010, said Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in Loksabha on Wednesday. The remark came while replying to questions put up by opposition leaders.
According to the tiger census, country had 1,411 tigers in 2008 while the number was hovering around 1706 in the year 2011. The latest tiger census in 2014 estimated 2,226 tigers present in the country. Javedkar said that India contains 70 percent of the world’s tiger population and 30 percent population rise is commendable as well as it shows the active efforts put up by the government, wildlife authorities and local people in protecting the precious animal.
“While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India. It is a great news”, said Javadekar. “Never before such an exercise has been taken in that massive scale where we have unique photographs of 80% of the India’s tiger”. In addition, the census conducted was highly reliable since it used better technique to measure the population of tigers in the country.
According to the 2014 tiger census, Karnataka (408) 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).
First Published on: Dec 3, 2015, 10:32 AM