World tiger population up 22%, says ZSI Director

World tiger population  up 22%, says ZSI Director

Some good news for wildlife enthusiasts. The global tiger population has increased by 22% due to sustained efforts to save the big cat, said Kailash Chandra, Director, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).

As on April 2016, the population of big cat has increased from 3,200 in 2000 to 3,890 in 2016, the Zoological Survey of India director said.

He was in Mysuru to attend an event to mark 21st Foundation Day of the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) on Friday.

Delivering a lecture, he said, “India alone recorded an increase of 500 tigers and the country is home to 70% of tigers in the world. In 2006, there were 1,411 tigers, which increased to 1,706 in 2011 and 2,226 in 2014.

According to him, the global count of big cat has gone up to 3,890 in 2016. But, Bali, Caspian and Javan tigers are extinct, the director pointed out.

Karnataka tops
Karnataka tops the country with 406 tigers. According to the recent survey, the two tiger reserves in the state — Bandipur, which had 11 tigers in 1973, has 105 wild cats while Nagarhole has 72 tigers as of now.

Other states, which have significant population of the big cats are: Uttarakhand-340, Madhya Pradesh-308, Tamil Nadu-229, Maharashtra and Assam - 139 each and Kerala - 136.
DH News Service

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