Celebrating 50 years of Tiger Project
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in collaboration with the State Forest Departments, Conservation NGOs and Wildlife Institute of India (WII), conducts a National assessment for the “Status of Tigers, co-predators, prey and their habitat” every four years since 2006. The 5th cycle of India’s Tiger Census report has revealed that tiger numbers have once again increased in the country and now stand at 3,167 as of 2022.
The 5th cycle of India’s Tiger Census report was released on April 9 by Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This part of the report was published to mark the 50th anniversary of Project Tiger in April.
The success of the 50-year Tiger Project in India can be attributed to several factors, like political will, community involvement, conservation strategies, partnership, collaborations, education and awareness. Communities living around the tiger reserves have played a crucial role in the success of the Tiger Project. The communities have been educated about the importance of conservation and have provided various livelihoods through tourism. This has helped not only anti poaching efforts, but also habitat restoration programmes. Collaboration amongst the Indian government, non governmental organisations and international & national conservation bodies have brought together resources, expertise and knowledge to ensure the success of the project.
Read the full report to discover how different states have fared here.