In the latest official ‘Indian Tiger Census’ published by the Wildlife Institute of India, state of the art technology had been put to use allowing for a scientifically robust estimation of the wild tiger population across India. The population of tigers has increased in India from 1,706 in 2011 to 2,226 in 2014, leaving India as home to 70% of the global wild tiger population.
While the global tiger populations are still falling, these figures should give hope to other tiger range nations, tiger lovers and conservationists alike. The scope of the work undertaken for this project by the National Tiger Conservation Authority, and all involved is astounding and we congratulate them on their success.
One interesting highlight from the Indian tiger census, claims that as part of the monitoring procedure, 1540 unique individual tigers, constituting nearly 70% of the total estimated population of 2,226 tigers have been added to a photographic database.
The latest tiger census figures also show that Karnataka has the highest number of tigers in the age group of 1.5 years and more. The state has 408 tigers in that age group followed by 340 in Uttarakhand, 308 in Madhya Pradesh, 229 in Tamil Nadu, 190 in Maharashtra, 167 in Assam, 136 in Kerala and 117 in Uttar Pradesh.
We highly recommend that you read the full report. As well as some beautiful images, it goes into great detail how the figures are obtained and why they are so important.
The Global Tiger Recovery Programme has called on all tiger range countries to conduct their own comprehensive tiger census by no later than 2016.