Tiger Population on the Rise in India
After some dismal statistics in past years showing a rapidly dwindling population of tigers in the wild, the newest census in India has shown a drastic increase in their numbers.
The 2014 census showed that there are at least 2,226 tigers in Indian forests. The number is up 500 from the census carried out four years ago.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar explained that the country used more than 9,700 cameras to calculate the number accurately. He also considered the increased population a definite success stemming from the continued effort for conservation of the tiger reserves around India.
The main threats to tigers in the wild are poachers and having their habitats taken away by human development and deforestation. A study done in 2012 even showed that tigers in Nepal has started changing their natural behavior and becoming nocturnal in order to co-exist with humans. In reserves, tigers are safe from human settlements but although legally protected, poachers are still a threat and need to continuously be kept from harming the endangered species.
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