Great news from India this week. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 33% increase of India’s tiger population, from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018, making India home to 70% of the world’s tiger population.

In 2006, they numbered a mere 1,411 in India and has been growing at a steady rate annually. Unfortunately there are less than 4,000 tigers left in total between 13 countries, which include Nepal, China, Russia, Thailand, Indonesia and others. Some countries have a 100 or less and in other areas there is little evidence that they still exist.

Due to human encroachment, they lost 93% of their natural habitat and their survival numbers show a sad contrast to 100 years ago when an estimated at 100,000 roamed wild worldwide.

“The results of the just declared tiger census would make every Indian, every nature lover happy,” Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet“Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this target four years early.”

Countries like Malaysia have put the focus on tackling poaching by increasing penalties and jail time. An international wildlife protection network has also been in place between South Asian nations, and more forests have been given protected status so that tigers have hunting grounds away from people.

“In five years, the number of protected areas increased from 692 to over 860 and community reserves from 43 to over 100,” Modi said in the press conference“Today, we can proudly say that with nearly 3,000 tigers, India is one of the world’s biggest and most secure habitats.”

India chose #InternationalTigerDay for announcing their achievement.

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