CALL IT A ROARING SUCCESS!
India's tiger conservation efforts have delivered.
The majestic creatures have been stealthily making a comeback on the wild stage, their numbers increasing one census after another. Back in 2006, when the country first measured its tiger population, there was a respectable crew of 1411 individuals. In the latest estimation survey conducted in 2022, India stands proudly at 3,167 individuals.
Kudos to the All India Tiger Estimation team who left no stone unturned to verify the numbers - they covered habitats in 20 states across the country. The process was no walk in the park- it took over 6,000 days to complete. They conducted ground surveys to track the carnivores, examined vegetation (that's right, the environment tells a lot about tigers), studied human impacts, and even analyzed dung. But that wasn't all they set up camera traps to catch the cats in action, then painstakingly sifted through thousands of photographs to spot unique markers and identify individual tigers. Talk about a labor of wild love.
India's grand effort is considered one of the most ambitious wildlife surveys ever undertaken in the world thus far. India sure knows how to make a statement when it comes to protecting these magnificent creatures. It's a testament to the power of conservation and the incredible efforts to protect wildlife.
Keep your binoculars handy and your cameras ready, who knows, you may see one (or some) of many tigers shining bright on your next trip to India. Until then, keep spreading the word and share their remarkable story with everyone you know and stay wild!
*Source - Status Tigers 2022 Summary by National Tiger Conservation Authority, India