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India has now succeeded in conserving Tigers

India is a home to 70% of world Tiger population.

Indian White Bengal Tiger
Indian White Bengal Tiger (image source: Wikimedia Commons)

India’s national animal is the Royal Bengal Tiger which was endangered and was going extinct. This was due to the poaching because of the international trade of tiger skins and other body parts. In the year 2000 Tigers were put on the endangered species list.

Yesterday on 29th July it was celebrated as an International Tiger Day. It was announced that since the year 2000 the Bengal Tigers are no longer in the list of endangered species. There has been a significant increase in the Tiger population of India. The Saint Petersburg declaration created the International Tiger Day in 2010.

There are around 13 Tiger range countries that are working towards the conservation of the Tigers. All these countries including India have done significantly good in increasing the Tiger population. It is expected that the Tiger population will be doubled by the year 2022. The 13 countries which are home to the Tiger population are India, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

Currently, Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve in the state of Uttarakhand has the highest number of Tigers in India. The other popular Tiger reserves of India are in Karnataka, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.

However, with all this good news, Tigers are still under threat due to deforestation and excessive tourism. Many animal welfare agencies including World Animal Protection is working with India to create awareness towards responsible tourism.

 

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