Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tiger Conservation Plan Sees Success

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India’s tiger population has rebounded, growing more than 30 percent over the last four years to 2,226, according to a new government census released on Tuesday.

“It is incredible, wonderful,” said Yadvendradev Jhala, a tiger expert at the Wildlife Institute of India, and one of the supervisors of the report.

India is home to 70 percent of the world’s tigers, and the latest increase comes after a decade-long effort to fight poaching and mitigate its effects, including a special tiger protection force and programs for orphaned cubs...

...The figures issued on Tuesday were compiled using 10,000 camera traps, the same technique used for tallies in 2006 and 2010...

...India has also offered tribal groups incentives to move out of tiger preserves, paying around 1 million rupees, or about $16,260, per family.

Through these and other efforts to maintain corridors for tigers to cross safely from one area to another, Mr. Jhala said, the population of tigers in some preserves could grow by another 1,500 over the next two decades.

“Now we can give tigers and cubs to any country who wants them,” said Prakash Javadekar, India’s minister of environment and forest.

---From NY Times

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