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India almost doubled its tiger population, says Minister on International Tiger Day

International Tiger Day is being celebrated today. The main aim behind this day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise awareness and support for tiger conservation.

According to World Wildlife Fund, tiger populations are currently stable or increasing in India. The tiger reserves of India were set up in 1973 and are governed by Project Tiger, which is administrated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

There are a total of 51 Tiger reserves in India. According to the latest Tiger Census of 2018-19 conducted in India, 2,967 Tigers live in the country. The population growth rate of Tiger is six per cent per annum. India is home to 80 per cent of tigers in the world.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lauded all those who are actively working to protect the tiger, on International Tiger Day. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, India has 52 tiger reserves covering over 75 thousand square kilometres. He said, innovative measures are being undertaken to involve local communities in tiger protection.

On International Tiger Day today, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav has expressed happiness that through efforts made by National Tiger Conservation Authority NTCA, India almost doubled its tiger population in 2018-19 from 2014.

He said, over the years, tiger reserves have risen from 9 to 52. Mr. Yadav said, India has two thousand nine hundred 67 tigers, which is 75 per cent of their global population. he called upon people to pledge to keep the good work going by raising awareness about the conservation and protection of tigers.

 

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