Published On : Thu, Dec 3rd, 2015

‘Tigers increase by 30% since 2010 in country’, Javadekar says in LS


New Delhi/ Nagpur: Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, on Wednesday, said there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of tigers in the country since 2010.

In Lok Sabha, the Union Minister said, the estimated number of tigers in the country has gone up to 2,226 (range 1,945-2,491) as compared to 1,706 in 2010 (range 1,520-1,909 tigers).

He further informed the Lok Sabha that, “The assessment of the status of tigers, co-predators and their prey 2014 using the refined methodology has shown a countrywide 30 percent increase in tiger numbers.

In the first scientific census in 2006, Tiger’s population was dwindled to a low of 1,411 because of widespread poaching, shrinking habitats from deforestation, prey depletion and poor management of India’s 47 tiger reserves.

Following the report, joint efforts to stem the lucrative trade in tiger skin and body parts, and limiting human-animal contact had started.