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How many tigers are there in India?

Discussion in 'Wildlife and National Parks' started by GauraM, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. GauraM

    GauraM New Member

    During the past couple of years, I have been hearing that the number of tigers in India is decreasing, it is such a shame as seeing tigers is something I wanted to do especially them being their natural habitat.

    I am doing a bit of research on tigers in India and will shortly be making a visit to India as well.

    A lot of the data on the internet is very outdated, and I need some updated information on how many tigers there are in India?
  2. djtravels

    djtravels Member

    The number of Tigers is increasing not decreasing.

    Specific to India: There were 1706 tigers in 2010. This number increased to 2226 in 2014. And the interim report points to an increase of another 300.

    Might I point out that this was the first time in a hundred years that global population of tigers increased.
  3. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hello there!

    In the last 5 years, the tiger population in the world has an increase of over 22 percent. So from 3,200 tigers in the world, there are now 3,890 tigers as of latest estimates. Out of these estimates, 70 percent of the tigers reside in India. Thus, in 2014, about 2,226 tigers can be found in the country of India. In 2016, these numbers are estimated to have increased to about 2,500 tigers in the country.

    For the first time in many years, the numbers of tigers have been steadily increasing. But we're still a long way to go, since for about hundreds of years ago, much more numbers of tigers resided in Earth. Before the 1900s alone, tiger numbers were estimated around 100,000!

    Originally, there were nine subspecies of tigers but three have already gone extinct in the past years. Now, four of these nine species are considered endangered while the remaining two are considered critically endangered. These remaining tiger species are the Bengal, Indochinese, Malayan, Siberian, South China and Sumatran. Bengal tigers, primarily found in India, constitute the most number in the remaining tigers in the world, at around 2,500. The South China and Sumatran tigers are the two critically endangered tiger species.

    There are a total of 49 tiger reserves in India. The state of Karnataka has the highest number of tigers, amounting to about 408 tigers in the state alone. Uttarakhand doesn't fall behind at about 340 tigers in the state. Next, there's Madhya Pradesh, which is home to about 308 tigers. Tamil Nadu is also proud of their 229 tigers. Assam and Manas have about 150 plus tigers in their states. Kerala is also home to about 130 plus tigers.

    Unfortunately, cases of poaching also occur in the country. This 2016, there were 31 reported cases of poaching in the country. This is believed to be the highest number of poaching cases since 2001. There were also 72 reported cases of deaths in tigers for the year 2016 alone. The year is not over yet so there might be more cases of poaching and deaths to be reported.

    This year has witnessed an incredible increase in the number of tigers in India. But it has also witnessed an unfortunate increase in poaching and deaths of tigers. Let's hope that all these efforts to save and preserve the tigers won't go into waste. And maybe with our help, by visiting tiger reserves, we can do our part in providing some fund for their protection and conservation. Now, it's up to the government to use these funds for the betterment of the majestic species.

    I hope this helps.:)

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