India Tiger Population Sees Over 30% Increase In 8 Years

India Tiger Population Sees Over 30% Increase In 8 Years

In the last 8 years India has seen their endangered tiger population increase more than 36% according to a study done by the Tiger Conservation Authority. 

They have counted 2,226 wild tigers in 2014, compared to 1,411 in 2006, the Good News Network announced.

India’s home to around 70% of the world’s tigers.

India’s tiger population used to be thriving, but it has been severely affected by poaching, a reduction in prey, habitat destruction and conflict with villagers who may occupy the same area.

The redeeming of the tiger population has been largely associated with better management and improved protection within tiger reserves and protected areas.

Debbie Banks, head of the Tiger Campaign at the Environmental Investigation Agency, which carries out extensive research on the illegal tiger trade, told CNN, “Tigers are major indicator of the health of the environment, certainly the health of the forest that they inhabit. But they are the water gods, if you like. They are indicators of how well we are doing to conserve forests that provide water for millions of people and mitigate climate change. There’s an ecosystem reason to save wild tigers.”

The tiger population continues to fall in the rest of the world, but India’s rates are setting a great example for other countries to follow. In the last 4 years, all countries with tigers have agreed on a common goal called Tx2, which is working to double global tiger numbers.

India is also willing to donate tiger cubs to other countries to further help along global tiger conservation.

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