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AP: Ecological balance is possible with an increase in the number of tigers: PCCF Prateep Kumar

Mr. N. Prateep Kumar IFS, PCCF (HoFF) said that the number of tigers needs to be significantly increased if the ecological balance is to be maintained. He was the chief guest at a webinar meeting organized at the Forest Department headquarters on Thursday on the occasion of World Tiger Day.

He said there was a need to bring a healthy balance between development and the environment. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy also expressed interest in raising tigers. Chief Minister has also responded positively to the increase in the number of tigers in Nagarjuna Sagar, Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Papikondalu National Park and other areas.

He explained that there are currently 63 tigers in Andhra Pradesh. Wherever there is a tiger that exhibits elegance in walking and hunting, there is a pleasant atmosphere and the animals and wildlife are balanced and dense forests are filled with abundant rainfall.

He said it was the responsibility of everyone to protect the tiger, which is a priority so that smugglers and poachers do not dare to enter the tiger’s roaming area. “We celebrate Tiger Day on July 29 (2010) every year to create awareness about tiger conservation,” he said.

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He explained that the country now has about 3,000 tigers and India is one of the largest and safest habitats for tigers. About 70 per cent of the world’s tigers live in India alone. The All India Tiger Assessment Report has already revealed this.

He said the doubling of the tiger population was a historic achievement for India, highlighting India’s commitment to tiger conservation, adding that the target of doubling the tiger population by 2022 was set in St. Petersburg nine years ago, but India had achieved the target four years earlier.

On the instructions of CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, a special operation is being set up for the conservation of tigers under the direction of Forest Minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy. In addition to increasing the number of tigers, the department will carry out programs to explain the need for tigers to the people.

Under the auspices of the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department, we are creating a special activity for wildlife conservation along with raising awareness among the people.

Director Wildlife of India, Dr. Dhanunjay Mohan, IGNTCA South Zone Murali, Co-Founder Imran Siddiqui, Parvesh Pandya along with Andhra Pradesh Forest Department officials Sanjay Gupta, Gopinath, Shanti Priya Pandey, Y. Srinivas Reddy, Vighneesh Appa Rao, Vineet Kumar, Visakha Zoo Curator Nandini Salaria and others participated. The event was over seen by Rahul Pandey, Chief Conservation Officer, Wildlife Division.

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