As of 2022, 3,167 tigers in India: PM Modi releases Tiger Census figures

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday released much-awaited tiger census figures, to mark the Project Tiger completing 50 years earlier this month.

As of 2022, India has 3,167 tigers, up from 2,967 in 2018, when the last census was released. While the tiger numbers in the country stood at 1,411 in 2006, it increased to 1,706 in 2010 and 2,226 in the 2014 cycle of evaluations.

PM Modi released the Tiger Census while inaugurating the International Big Cat Alliance in Karnataka’s Mysuru, first of its kind in the country, organised to mark 50-years of Project Tiger.

In 2019, Modi had called for an alliance of Global Leaders against poaching and illegal wildlife trade in Asia.

Prime Minister visited the Bandipur Tiger Reserve as well as the Theppakadu Elephant camp in the Mudumalai tiger Reserve.

“It has been 50-years of Project Tiger. The success of Project Tiger has been an achievement not only for India, but for entire world. India has not only saved the tiger, but has given it a great ecosystem in which to flourish,” PM Modi said.

“75 per cent of the world’s tiger population can now be found in India and tiger reserves in the country span 75,000 square kilometres. The has been possible because of everyone’s efforts,” PM Modi added, while addressing the international conference.

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The Prime Minister further mentioned that with only 2.4 per cent of global land area, India contributes to 8 per cent of wildlife diversity. India is the largest Asiatic Elephant range in the world,” PM Modi said.

Prime Minister further reiterated that wildlife conservation is not a concern of one nation but an universal issue. “International (Big Cat) Alliance is the need of the gours,” PM Modi added.

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