2,226 and the real tiger story

29 June 2017

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PRERNA SINGH BINDRA

It was a crisp January morning in 2015 when India’s then environment minister, Prakash Javadekar made a generous offer, buoyed by the 2014 census that counted about 2,226 tigers, a 30 per cent leap from 2010 of 1,706, “India is now in a position to donate some tigers to other countries which are not faring so well and where tigers are on the decline,” he said.

India was obviously doing something right to give the tiger a secure home to live, hunt and breed. There is, deservedly, a tremendous pride in this achievement. More so that a country like India with its 1.3 billion people, grinding poverty, yet galloping economic growth and its consequent pressures, harbours the maximum — over 60 per cent — of the world’s remaining wild tigers.

While tiger-estimation methods were contested by some of the world’s leading tiger scientists (and the arguments continue), it is an undisputed fact that there are definitely more tigers in the wild than were previously estimated, new areas were censured, and conservation initiatives had paid off, particularly in some habitats.

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