According to the latest tiger census data in 2022, the number of tigers in India has increased to 3,167
According to the latest tiger census data released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the number of tigers in India is set to reach 3,167 in 2022.
An Overviews of the News:
- This figure shows a significant increase from the previous census figures of 1,411 in 2006, 1,706 in 2010, 2,226 in 2014 and 2,967 in 2018.
- The Prime Minister launched the 'International Big Cat Alliance' to mark the completion of 50 years of 'Project Tiger'. The aim of the alliance is to protect and conserve seven major big cats across the world including tigers and lions.
- The Prime Minister also released a booklet titled 'Amrit Kaal Ka Tiger Vision', which outlines the vision for tiger conservation over the next 25 years.
- Project Tiger was started in 1973 by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
- Under this programme, central assistance is provided to the states with tiger population for conservation of tigers.
- The initial reserves covered under Project Tiger were Jim Corbett, Manas, Ranthambore, Simlipal, Bandipur, Palamu, Sundarbans, Melghata and Kanha National Parks.
- At the time of the launch of Project Tiger in the year 1973, there were only 9 tiger reserves in the country, at present the total number of tiger reserves in the country has increased to 54.
The top 10 states with the highest population of tigers in India are:
- Madhya Pradesh - This state has the highest population of tigers in India with a total of 526 tigers.
- Karnataka - With a total of 524 tigers, Karnataka has the second largest population of tigers in India.
- Uttarakhand - This state has a total of 442 tigers and is known for its dense forests.
- Maharashtra - Maharashtra is home to 312 tigers, making it the fourth state with the highest tiger population in India.
- Tamil Nadu - This state has a total of 264 tigers and is known for the Mudumalai and Anamalai tiger reserves.
- Assam - With a total of 190 tigers, Assam is an important state for tiger conservation efforts in India.
- Kerala - Kerala also has a total of 190 tigers and is known for the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
- Uttar Pradesh - This state has 173 tigers and is home to the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
- West Bengal - With a total of 88 tigers, West Bengal has a relatively low population of tigers compared to other states.
- Rajasthan - This state has the lowest tiger population among the top 10 states with a total of 69 tigers.
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