Tiger count rises 33% in India

“We have to create a healthy balance between sustainability and development,”
                                                                              ~  PM Narendra Damodardas Modi

  • India has 2,967 tigers, a third more than in 2014, according to the results of a tiger census made public on 29th/July/2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number at 526, closely followed by Karnataka (524) and Uttarakhand (442). Chhattisgarh and Mizoram saw a decline in tiger population and all other States saw a “positive” increase, according to a press statement.
  • The survey, the fourth such since 2006, is a gargantuan exercise and conducted once in four years. The latest survey is the culmination of 15 months of forest officials surveying 3,81,400 square kilometres of forested habitat, installing 26,760 camera traps and wildlife biologists ferreting through 35 million images of wildlife — 76,523 of which were tigers (there can be multiple images of the same tiger). Nearly 83% of the estimated tiger population was captured in these images.

  • Pench Tiger Reserve ~ Madhya Pradesh recorded the highest number of tigers, the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve ~ Tamil Nadu registered the “maximum improvement” since 2014.

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