33% leap in the number of tigers in India but uneven distribution

As a piece of great news for the tiger conservation, the new tiger census report states that there is a 33% leap in the number of tigers in India since 2014. From 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018, India has succeeded to achieve the much desired and awaited results in the tiger population. 

With this, it has also become the largest country accounting for 75% of the total tiger population which also makes it the best and safest habitat for the tigers. 

In 2006, the goal was set to double the number of tigers in India by 2022. With great pride, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that we’re achieving the target “four years in advance”. 

While this leap is certainly a healthy one, there is however an unhealthy distribution of the tiger population across the country. The census reports also mentioned that the three important tiger reserves out of 50 in total in India have recorded with not a single tiger. This unequal distribution of tigers across the main reserves in India is unhealthy. 

Breaking down the growth in every quarter, it was noted that 2006-10 witnessed a 21% increase while 2010-14 witnessed a 30% increase. Also, the fourth cycle of the tiger census assessment was done with the use of latest technology to diminish any human error. In this, analytic tools such as M STriPES, geo-photo evidence, camera traps and genetic sampling records were used.

PM Modi released this tiger census on Monday, 29 July on the occasion of the International Tiger Day. While he announced, he took great pride in achieving the goal. “India has achieved a historic milestone. On Global Tiger Day, we reaffirm our commitment to conserve tiger population in the country. We are doing whatever we can to save and conserve the majestic animal,” said Modi. 



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