The number of tigers in India has increased by 33 per cent in the span of four years between 2014 and 2018, reveals the All India Tiger Estimation results released on Monday (29 July), reports Hindustan Times.
The new estimation for 2018 was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of International Tiger Day. As per the estimation for 2018, there are 2,967 tigers in India compared to 2,226 in the 2014 estimation.
According to the report, Madhya Pradesh has the highest number with 526 tigers, followed by 524 in Karnataka and 442 in Uttarakhand. In the 2014 estimation, Karnataka had the highest number with 406 tigers compared to Madhya Pradesh’s 308.
“India with around 3,000 tigers is one of the biggest and safest habitats for tigers in the world. Three fourths of the world’s tigers are in India…it is possible to strike a healthy balance between environment and development,” Modi said while releasing the new numbers.
The Prime Minister informed that forest cover of the India has increased. Besides, the number of protected areas has also increased, he said.
The number of protected areas in 2014 was 692 which has increased to 860 in 2019 while the number of community reserves grew from 43 to more than 100 now, the PM said.