India has emerged as the biggest and safest habitats of Tigers in the world. As per the latest count, India’s tiger population is up by 33%. India now has 2,967 tigers compared to 2226 in 2014.
A third of these are in Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. Efforts like relocating villages around tiger habitats and connecting tiger populations via corridors, have paid off.Despite this, tiger numbers have consistently declined in Odisha from 45 in 2006 to 28 and in Chattisgarh from 26 in 2006 to 19, in 2018.
India’s effort to safeguard the tiger started with Project Tiger in 1973.
Back then, India had 9 Tiger reserves spanning over 18,000 kms. Currently India has 50 tiger reserves over 73,000Kms.
India’s latest national assessment of tigers covered 381,400 km of forested habitats in 20 tiger occupied states. 593,882 man-days were invested in the tiger census survey