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?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: A

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. 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indias-tiger-count-unchanged-at-2367/article32211788.ece