In response to a new report released today about the status of India’s wild tiger populations that shows the country’s tiger count being up by nearly 30 percent, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Director of Species Conservation of WWF’s Wildlife Conservation Program, Barney Long:
“Conservation victories come along rarely. And while we still have a lot of work to do to conserve tigers, this report is a cause for celebration and hope. It shows that large-scale conservation can work, and that we can still save some of the world’s most endangered species. The success of conservation efforts that led to this rise in the tiger population is a result of better management and improved protection within India’s Tiger Reserves and other tiger-bearing protected areas.
“We congratulate the government and people of India for their resolve to conserve tigers across the nation. This should act as a call to all tiger range countries, not currently doing so, to follow India’s lead in conducting regular tiger population surveys to determine the status of their tigers.”
The last decade has seen a significant increase in India’s tiger population from 1,411 in 2006; 1,706 in 2010 and now 2,226 in 2014. This report produced a precise estimate using rigorous estimation methods and confirms that India is home to more than half of the world’s tigers. The report was published by the National Tiger Conservation Authority of the Government of India.