Q. Consider the following statements regarding tigers in India:
1. India has 70% of world’s tigers.
2. Maharashtra has highest number of tigers followed by Madhya Pradesh.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
Releasing an updated report on India’s Tiger Survey from 2018, which put the country’s tiger population at 2,367 — unchanged from the government’s estimate last year — Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said it was a matter of pride for India that it was a global exemplar in tiger conservation.
- “We have 70% of the world’s tigers. We should be proud of the fact that we are leading the world in terms of ensuring that their population increases.
- India has 2,967 tigers, a third more than in 2014, according to results of a census made public on July 29 last year. The present survey is a more granular estimate of these numbers.
- Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tigers at 526, closely followed by Karnataka (524) and Uttarakhand (442).
- Chhattisgarh and Mizoram saw a decline in tiger population and all other States saw a “positive” increase, according to a press statement.