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  • India has 2,500 tigers, global population is 3,890: Minister

    India announced an increase in its tiger population -- with 2,500 tigers in the wild from 2,226 in 2014, while the global tiger population has risen from 3,200 to 3,890.

    Environment Minister Prakash Javadekhar said this at the Third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger Conservation, adding that India has zero tolerance towards wildlife crime.The census was based on data fed by 49 tiger reserves across India.

    However, the region-wise hike was not disclosed.
    The numbers also did not incorporate around 90 tiger deaths since 2015, of which 51 deaths were due to poaching and seizures. The survey was conducted by Wildlife Protection Society of India.


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    As per latest official count, India is home to 2,226 tigers, representing 70 per cent of the global population of the endangered big cat species.
    “In the last two years, the number has risen and our rough estimate as of today is that India has nearly 2,500 tigers.
    “That is a good news for India… (a result) of what we are doing for the last 12 years. We have zero tolerance towards poaching,”

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