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WorldIndia's wild tiger population jumps to almost 3,000: census

12:20  29 july  2019
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Villagers in India beat tiger to death Villagers in northern India beat to death a female tiger after the animal fatally mauled a man, authorities said. © Niladri Sarkar A Bengal tiger in the Sundarbans, the world's largest mangrove forest in India and Bangladesh. The incident took place in a protected area of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve on Wednesday afternoon, Pooranpur Police Inspector Keshav Kumar Tiwari said. Four people were arrested and 31 each received an initial complaint from the local forest department. Video of the attack has circulated on social media showing villagers repeatedly hitting the tiger with large sticks.

India , home to most of the world' s wild tigers , on Tuesday reported a 30 percent jump in numbers over four years in a rare piece of good news for conservationists. A census found 2,226 tigers in India last year compared with 1,706 in 2010, officials in New Delhi announced.

There are 50 tiger reserves in India which are governed by Project Tiger which is administrated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). India is home to 70 percent of tigers in the world.

India's wild tiger population has increased by more than 30 percent in just four years, according to a new census released Monday, raising hopes for the survival of the endangered species.

India's wild tiger population jumps to almost 3,000: census© Arun SANKAR A Bengal tiger rests in an enclosure at India's Arignar Anna Zoological Park in 2018

The census found 2,967 tigers in the wild across the country, up from 2,226 four years ago in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed as a "historic achievement"

"We reaffirm our commitment towards protecting the tiger," Modi said in Delhi as he released the All India Tiger Estimation Report 2018.

"Some 15 years ago, there was serious concern about the decline in the population of tigers. It was a big challenge for us but with determination, we have achieved our goals."

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Tiger census shows India ’ s population has increased by 30% – video report. The number of tigers in India has increased by almost a third in the last three years, official Around 70% of the world’ s wild tigers live in India , where their habitat has been threatened by uncontrolled development and poaching.

The tiger ( Panthera tigris ) is the largest species among the Felidae and classified in the genus Panthera. It is most recognisable for its dark vertical stripes on reddish-orange fur with a lighter

The massive surveys are conducted every four years, with the latest census using 26,000 camera traps that took almost 350,000 images across known tiger habitats, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said at the census release.

Images that showed the big cats were analysed using computer programmes to individually identify each creature. Wildlife and forestry officials also scoured 380,000 square kilometres of terrain.

In 1900, more than 100,000 tigers were estimated to roam the planet. But that fell to a record low of 3,200 globally in 2010.

That year, India and 12 other countries with tiger populations signed an agreement to double their big cat numbers by 2022.

Population numbers in the nation have risen steadily since falling to its lowest-recorded figure of 1,411 in 2006.

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Almost 90% of India ’ s tigers are now concentrated in a few ‘source populations ’ that cover just 10% of tiger habitat. Because of serious threats, these populations must be counted accurately yearly. Camera-trap photography can provide reliable counts, but only if rigorous statistical protocols are

Official count, which puts wild population at 1,550, may prove controversial owing to its inclusion of Sunderbans area.

But they are yet to return to the figures recorded in 2002 when some 3,700 tigers were estimated to be alive in the country.

It is believed some 40,000 tigers lived in India at the time of independence from Britain in 1947.

Since then, the indiscriminate killing of the animal for its organs has led to a sharp decline, bringing them to the edge of extinction.

India's growing population has also increasingly eaten into the territory of wild animals, pushing them into conflict with humans.

New Delhi has sought to improve its management of the predator, reserving 50 habitats -- from Himalayan foothills in the northeast to regions in west and central India -- exclusively for the animals.

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