At a time when population of tigers has become a cause for concern across the world, India has an important role to play with more than half of the world’s roughly 4000 tigers roaming its forests.
The world commemorates Global Tiger Day, often known as International Tiger Day on July 29 with an aim to increase awareness on tiger populations across the globe as well as the challenges and successes tiger conservationists have been facing so far. Globally, tiger conservationists and organisations have taken to social media to feature their voices and thoughts on the state and need of tiger conservation.
The World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF, in a report, shares some interesting facts, as mentioned below:
- In 2016, the WWF encouraged tiger conservationists saying the wild tiger population was increasing.
- They added that the wild tiger count went up to 3,900. It also said that the Tx2 initiative, a global collaboration of 13 tiger range country governments and international corganisations working together towards a global goal of protecting the world’s most iconic species, had committed to doubling the number of wild tigers by 2022.
Having a vast tiger population, India has launched what the government claims to be the world’s largest wildlife survey effort.
The All-India Tiger Estimation, 2018, is a census exercise to estimate the number of tigers present throughout the country at present. The census exercise will use the latest cutting edge technology, including Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status or M-STrIPES application, for collecting, archiving and analyzing data.
The application will record data on signs and animal sightings with geo-tagged photographs. “With increased camera trap density and the use of android technology, estimates arrived at are likely to be more robust – both in terms of accuracy and precision,” said a Press Information Bureau press release on the census.
The PIB press release also said nearly 15,000 cameras will be used as compared to the 9,700 cameras used for the last census in the year 2006. An amount of Rs. 10.22 crore will be invested by the Government in the fourth cycle of All India Tiger Estimation, said the release.
It is a matter of pride for us that India is home to the largest population of Tigers in the world. It is therefore our bigger responsibility to preserve and protect our national pride. On this #InternationalTigerDay , Lets pledge to conserve them. pic.twitter.com/nERQJLO1Pz
— Dr. Mahesh Sharma (@dr_maheshsharma) 29 July 2018
India conducts a census to assess tiger population every four years, which is actually the need of the hour.
The cycles of the estimation have already been completed in 2006, 2010 and 2014, which showed there to be 1,411, 1,706 and 2,226 tigers in 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively.
This year also, a lot of hopes are associated with the census. Tiger conservationists are expecting that that number of tigers will increase in India ensuring the survival of the largest of the world’s big cats.