India’s Tiger Population Doubles in 12 Years

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, released the ‘Status of Tigers, Co-predators and Prey in India Report’ and it shows that there are now 2,967 tigers in India.

India is now home to 70 percent of the world’s population of tigers. A decade ago, 13 countries, including India, came together to sign an agreement with the goal to double the number of tigers by the year 2022. The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) has brought back a report published last year that announced that the tiger populations in India had doubled four years before the deadline.

July 29 was set as the International Tiger Day and the currently tiger population within the reserves is 1,923.
Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, credits the success in the rise of numbers to increased vigilance. “Almost all organised poaching rackets have been dismantled; a good example is the central Indian landscapes where organised poaching by traditional gangs has been minimised considerably in the last six years”

About 3% of the spending on tigers is coming from sponsored science. Government scientists are studying all aspects, and are heading a large tracking study to understand tiger behavior.

Source: Business Insider