India's wild tiger population jumps 14%
A tiger wearing a tracking collar is seen in an Indian national park in October.
March 28th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

India's wild tiger population jumps 14%

The wild tiger population in India, home to half of the wild tigers in the world, has increased almost 14% in the past three years, a new census shows.

There are now an estimated 1,706 wild tigers in India, according to the count from India’s National Tiger Conservation Authority, which cooperated with the World Wildlife Fund, among other partners, in doing the study.

“These numbers give us hope for the future of tigers in the wild, and that India continues to play an integral role in the tiger’s recovery,”  WWF International Director General Jim Leape said in a statement.

"Recovery requires strong protection of core tiger areas and areas that link them, as well as effective management in the surrounding areas,” added Mike Baltzer, head of WWF’s Tigers Alive Initiative. “With these two vital conservation ingredients, we can not only halt their decline, but ensure tigers make a strong and lasting comeback.”

The WWF said the count was the largest survey of wild tigers ever attempted.

It was released at the opening of the International Tiger Conservation Conference, a three-day meeting that began Monday in New Delhi. Thirteen nations and various environmental organizations are represented.

The conference is a follow-up to November's tiger summit, hosted by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Russia. At that time, officials set up the Global Tiger Recovery Program, designed to boost a species that has seen its numbers in the wild shrink by 94% in the past century, the WWF said.

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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Jazz7

    So true vin, would be nice if we all could learn from our ancestor's , BUT NOOOOOO. Thought I'd throw a little Steven Martin in for a laugh , I do that sometimes with serious subs 🙂

    March 28, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B.p. Or nuclear

    looks like nuclear is here to stay. No one knows the full effects of the gulf events. How soon they are forgotten.

    March 29, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Yuma

    Bp I want to sniff your skin. Let me

    March 29, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. kim

    What wrong with viagra

    March 29, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. damnliberals

    thats 14% to many shoot them all and feed the indian people

    March 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vernon

    I saw this on tv but the article forgot to mention that the population of India has decressed by 14%.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. population of india

    None of the Tiger Conservation Landscapes within the Bengal's tiger range are large enough to support an effective population size of 250.The Bengal tiger is the national animal of Bangladesh.

    June 28, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Population

    The wild tiger population in India, home to half of the wild tigers in the world, has increased almost 14% in the past three years, a new census shows.



    June 29, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
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