Global Tiger Population Increases for First Time in Century

The global tiger population has increased for the first time in almost a century. The wild tiger population has grown to an estimated 3,890 as compared to 3,200 in 2010, a report by Global Tiger Forum (GTF) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Marco Lambertini, Director General of WWF international said that, “For the first time after decades of constant decline, tiger numbers are on the rise.” The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Australia’s national manager for species, Darren Grover said that, “That’s great news. It’s the first positive trend for wild tiger populations in more than 100 years.”

The increase of wild tiger, the major change is made in India. Russia, Bhutan and Nepal also saw higher tiger numbers in their latest surveys.

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Tiger Population Increased for the First Time in Century

“In those 100 years or so we’ve lost around 97 per cent of wild tigers. That comprehensive surveying is giving us scientifically robust numbers on how many tigers remain. I think they’re up to about three years now of no poaching of tigers. That’s a great achievement and shows the level of commitment from the Nepalese Government and the Nepalese people to protect their tiger population.” Mr Grover said.

The latest global tiger population figures were released on 11th April 2016, Monday. The figures released on the evening at the third Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation. The three-day mega meet will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday.

Union environment and forests minister Prakash Javadekar said that, “We have allotted Rs 380 crores to the Project Tiger in the current fiscal year, which is an all-time high. It indicates that the government is committed to the conservation of our national animal tiger.”

Environmental ministry said that, “While several Tiger Range Countries like India, Nepal, Russia and Bhutan have registered an increase in tiger population, the status of the tiger remains ‘endangered’. The Tiger population has been decimated to to non-viable levels in some range countries, which is a cause for concern.”

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