On the occasion of International Tiger Day, PM Narendra Modi released the All India Tiger Estimation report. It reveals a total of 2,967 tigers in India. There has been a 33 % increase in the number of tigers since 2014. From around 1411 in 2006 to 1706 in 2010 and to 2,226 after the third cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2014.
The report does not include other predators such as leopards. Generally, better the tiger reports the better the supply of preys and habitats.
According to the tweet by PM Narendra Modi, it was decided in the St. Petersberg declaration in 2010, the thirteen countries targeted to double the tiger population by 2022. This achievement by India was completed four years prior to the target year.
The results of the just declared tiger census would make every Indian, every nature lover happy.
Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this target four years early: PM
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) July 29, 2019
According to the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018, Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number of tigers at 526, followed by Karnataka with 524 tigers and then the state of Uttarakhand with 442 tigers. All states witnessed a positive growth except for Chattisgarh and Mizoram, who observed a decline in the number of tigers.
Count of Tigers in India rises to 2967;
Madhya Pradesh roars the loudest;
33% rise in tiger numbers is the highest ever recorded between cycles#InternationalTigerDay@pmoindia @PrakashJavdekar pic.twitter.com/AaeAJPu4Wn
— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 29, 2019
Launching the report, it is safe to say that India is now one of the safest habitats in the world for tigers.