Global Tiger population increased for the first time in 100 years by 22%: WWF & GTF

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Global Tiger Forum (GTF), the global tiger population has increased by 22 per cent after a century of constant decline.

The number of wild tigers across the globe has gone up globally by 22 per cent to 3,890, from the 2010 estimate of 3,200. The data was based on national estimates of countries reported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).

Tiger population in different countries:

  • India (2226), Russia (433), Indonesia (371), Malaysia (250), Nepal (198), Thailand (189), Bangladesh (106) and Bhutan (103).
  • Besides, tiger population is also found in countries like China, Myanmar and Laos PDR.

Comment

  • The increase in the population can be attributed to multiple factors including increase in tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan, improved surveys and enhanced protection and conservation efforts.
  • Further, the collective support of government of different countries, local communities and law enforcement agencies to WWF in its goal of zero tolerance for tiger poaching across Asia also has led to increase in tiger population.

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