The number of wild tigers in the world has increased to 3,890 in April 2016 from 3,200 in 2010, making it an increase of almost 22 pc. India is at the forefront of this conservation effort of this endangered species.
The tiger population in the world has increased to almost 3,890 in 2016 from 3,200 tigers in 2010. Countries like India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan, are primarily responsible for this increase of around 22 pc, where conservation efforts are paying off.
For the first time in almost 100 years, there has been an increase in the global tiger population.
India alone witnessed an increase of more than 500 tigers during a six year period and continues to be a home to the highest number of wild tigers.
The increase in the tiger population around the globe has been a result of various factors including increase in the tiger populations primarily in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan, improved surveys and enhanced protection of the wild cats.
“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 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International.
The latest global tiger population figures were released on April 11, 2016, on the occasion of the third Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the three-day mega meet on April 12.
Highest tiger population in Karnataka
The tiger population in India has been constantly increasing in the last decade. In 2006, India had 1,411 tigers, in 2010 the numbers increased to 1,706, followed by 2,226 in 2014.
Karnataka has the highest numbers of tigers with 406, followed by 340 in Uttarakhand, 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 in Uttar Pradesh.