Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the fourth edition of the tiger census on the tenth year of International Tiger Day today. The good news is that India is now home to 2,967 tigers and is very close to the target of doubling its tiger population of 2010 census by 2022.
In 2006, when the first most comprehensive census of animals in the world, All India Tiger Estimation, was conducted by the Project Tiger mission of the federal government, there were 1,411 tigers only. But conservation efforts showed positive results constantly during the next three census calculations. In 2010, there were 1,706 big cats and that rose by 30% in 2014 to 2,226. The 2018 results show a 33% rise. As per WWF, there are around 3,900 tigers across the world.
The PM released the Status of Tigers in India 2018 on Monday, saying something quite contrary to his cabinet colleague Nitin Gadhkari. “I am confident that India will prosper both economically and environmentally,” he said. Gadhkari was of the opinion that the huge sum of public money cannot be used to save tigers while undertaking development works for human beings.
Surprisingly, according to the current census, Madhya Pradesh is home to the highest numbers of the big cat–526, followed by Karnataka with 524 and Uttarakhand being third with 442 tigers. Karnataka ranked first among the states having tiger reserves with 406 in the census of 2014; Uttarakhand had 340 while MP ranked third having 308 tigers, aged more than one and a half years.
In 2010, this day was established at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit-Russia to raise awareness about the vanishing of the majestic big cats in the wild over the last century, making them almost extinct. This was also the beginning of a major conservation goal, wherein 13 range countries set a target to double the tiger population by 2022, also called the TX2 goal.