By virtue of being the top predator, the tiger functions as an umbrella species for the conservation of biodiversity in forest systems of Asia.
The “Project Tiger“, a pioneering conservation initiative of the Government of India, aims to harness this role of the tiger along with gathering public support for conserving intact ecosystems.
Tigers are a conservation dependent species. Major threats to tigers are poaching that is driven by an illegal international demand for tiger parts and products, depletion of tiger prey caused by illegal bush meat consumption, and habitat loss due to the ever increasing demand for forested lands.
In 2006, the tiger population was estimated at 1,411 which was much lower than the earlier official estimates. This brought about major changes in tiger conservation policy, legislation, and management. Subsequently, these concerted actions resulted in an upward trend in the tiger population as documented by the 2010 population estimates of 1,706. However, the 2010 assessment also showed a decline in tiger occupied area.
The population of tigers has increased in India from 1,706 to 2,226 in 2014.
The new tiger census, released by Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar, shows that India — which has 70% of the world tiger population — has registered an increase of 30% in country’s tiger population in the past few years.
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Information Source: global tiger forum
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