Some good news for tigers! In honour of Global Tiger Day on July 29, a report released by the Indian government says that the number of tigers in India increased by 741 from 2014- 2018, an increase of 33%!
There are five zones in the country that act as conservation areas for tigers- Shivalik Hills and Gangetic Plains Landscape, Central Indian Landscape and eastern ghats, Western ghats Landscape, North East Hills and Brahmaputra plains Landscape and the Sunderbans. In 2014, these zones had 2 226 tigers, which jumped to 2 967 in 2018.
The report looks at how tigers are distributed throughout India and looks at what is responsible for changes in tiger populations. It also looks at areas that are important for tigers and identifies areas that need to be conserved.
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India promised that it would work to double its number of tigers by 2023. On Global Tiger Day in 2019, the country announced that it had achieved this, four years earlier than intended! India is home to 70% of the global tiger population, which means that it is very important for the country to work hard to protect them. The country says that it is working with all 13 tiger range countries (where tigers live) to continue to protect them and increase their numbers.
The environment department in the Indian government says that it is working on a program to provide food and water to animals living in forests to help them deal with human-animal conflict better. To do this, a special method called LIDAR will be used. This measures distances by lighting up a target (the tiger) with a laser light and then measuring the reflection with a sensor.
It is believed that there are only 3 500 tigers left in the world! Governments must work to make the areas where tigers live protected areas, so that people can’t hunt them or build infrastructure in their habitats and make the selling of their body parts illegal all over the world to give these animals a chance to increase their numbers so that we can enjoy them for generations to come.