The latest census taking in India brings good news to the conservationist trying to save the wild tigers. The population of the mighty animals has increased since the last taking in 2007.
The census this year showed a total of at least 1,706 wild tigers roaming the reserves in India. This is 300 more than there was at the last census taking in 2007.
Hidden cameras and DNA testing were used to get a count of the massive animals in 19 states where they live in the wild. 70 of those tigers are in the Eastern Indian Sunderbans tiger reserve. That was an increase of 16% since last count.
Half of the world’s tigers are said to live in India but even in 2007, the census showed that the population had dropped from 3,600 to 1,411 in just 5 years.
The great animals are on the verge of extinction and environmental minister Jairam Ramesh warned that though this is great news for people not to get comfortable. The numbers could just as easily drop again.
Corridors, which are the routes that the tigers use to move between reserves, are declining rapidly showing a cause for concern. Tigers are having run conflicts with farmers who are killing them and poachers who want to kill them for their skins and their bones. These bring a hefty price on the Chinese market.
The body parts are used in Chinese medicine. The skins can bring up to 21,000 US dollars and the bones up to a 1000 US dollars.