India’s tiger population has risen 30% since 2010 to 2,226; this was recently confirmed by the Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in the Lok Sabha.
As recently said by the Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar in the Lok Sabha "The third country wide assessment of the status of tigers, co-predators and their prey, using the refined methodology has shown a country wide 30 per cent increase in tiger number in 2014 with an estimated number of 2,226 tigers (range 1945-2491) as compared to second assessment done in 2010 with estimated number of 1,706 tigers (range 1520-1909)”.
“Around 7-8 years ago, we were worried about decreasing numbers of tigers. But we should now congratulate the National Tiger Conservation Authority for their efforts in improving the situation. We have today 70% of world’s tigers,” says environment minister Prakash Javadekar. He also listed some of the initiatives of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) including the creation of special tiger protection force, a special programme for orphaned tiger cubs, efforts to control poaching and efforts to minimize human-animal conflict and encroachment
The environment minister also answered other queries regarding the number of elephants, which as per reports die in 100s every year.