To mark a record on the World Tigers’ Day, the government of India has released a report which read that out of every ten tigers in the world, seven roam freely in India’s forests. When there is an immense threat to the lives of the tigers, India proves itself as a ray of hope for these almost endangered lives. After the 2018 tiger census of India that entered the Guinness book of world records, now, India is the resident of around 3000 tigers, according to the camera-trap world life survey. India has shown a 30% increase in the population of tigers in just four years.
Nothing is possible without a proper effort and initiative and it is the ‘Project Tiger’, a tiger conservation programme, without whose effort and contribution, the great Bengal tiger and many other tigers would have been counted in the extinct tigers’ list by now. The Project Tiger programme was launched back in April 1973, and from then, this project aims at conserving tigers and working on how to increase their numbers.
When the programme started, India had about 1800 tigers. The numbers drastically fell from 100,000 tigers at the turn of the 20th century, due to the ruthless killing of tigers in the urge of hunting by the colonial elites and Indian royals. In 2006, the numbers decreased to1400. This fall somehow transformed the approach of the Indians towards preserving its national animal.
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Around the globe, about 93% of the tiger’s traditional range is falling apart due to loss of habitat, lack of prey, and poaching. But amidst all these difficulties, India through its Project Tiger is trying to find some kind of solutions. After 2006, in 2011, the count increased to 1700 which signified that India’s constant efforts are showing colours. The Project Tiger team also took an oath to double the number of tigers by 2022.
At the beginning of the Project Tiger, only 9 tiger reserves were there in India, which has now increased to 50 in numbers. Last year alone, around 50 million dollars was invested in India’s tiger conservation that includes relocating villages outside protected areas, the building of the world’s largest animal underpass to allow tigers pass safely under a highway, etc. India has set itself as an example to all the other 13 countries with tigers. India has done a lot in protecting the tigers and a lot more is yet to be done to fill the forests of the nation with the roar of its national animal.