Prime Minister Modi says India has doubled its tiger population four years ahead of target

  • The Tiger population in India has improved to 2967 in 2018, from 2,226 in 2014, according to the Prime Minister.
  • Narendra Modi also claimed that India has completed the target decided in St. Petersburg before.

As the world celebrates International Tiger Day, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country is committed to doing whatever it can for animal protection. According to Narendra Modi, the Tiger population in India has improved to 2967 in 2018, from 2,226 in 2014.

"Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this goal four years early," said Modi.

He further added, “India will build more homes for our citizens and at the same time create quality habitats for animals. India will have a vibrant marine economy and healthier marine ecology. This balance is what will contribute to a strong and inclusive India said, PM Narendra Modi.

The world’s second-most populated country is also home to 60% of the world’s tigers. However, increasing habitat loss and the demand for their body parts in the world have put their lives on risks.

The increasing human encroachment activities, illegal trading, and poorly developed national parks are affecting the tiger population.

The proximity between the tiger and human cohabitation have grown lately risking the lives of people as well as the animal.

As many as 631 tigers were reported dead between 2009 and 2017. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, has recorded 63 cases of tigers attacking humans in a span of five years, said the Wildlife Trust of India.