Karnataka has highest number of tigers

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Global tiger population increased by 22 per cent: ZSI Director

Mysuru: There is an increase of 22 percent in the global tiger population, due to the continuous efforts of tiger conservation, said Kailash Chandra, Director, Zoological Survey of India (ZSI).

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Attending an event to mark 21st Foundation Day of the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) on Friday, Chandra informed that the count of tigers has increased from 3,200 in 2000 to 3,890 in 2016.

Delivering a lecture, he said, “India alone recorded an increase of 500 tigers and the country is home to 70% of tigers in the world. In 2006, there were 1,411 tigers, which increased to 1,706 in 2011 and 2,226 in 2014. The global population of tigers has gone up to 3,890.”

Chandra also pointed out the fact that Bali, Caspian and Javan tigers are extinct.

The two reserves in the Karnataka, Bandipur and Nagarhole have 105 and 72 tigers as of now respectively. The State tops the country with 406 tigers.

Uttarakhand-340, Madhya Pradesh-308, Tamil Nadu-229, Maharashtra and Assam-139 each and Kerala–136 are the other states with significant population of tigers.