World Tiger Day: Endangered wild cat's population roars back across Asia!

Tiger numbers have witnessed a drastic rise in numbers in five countries across the globe. 

India, China, Bhutan, Nepal and Russia have witnessed an increase of the endangered wild tigers in the past decade after launching ambitious schemes. 

On the occasion of World Tiger's Day, let's take a look at how the numbers of this endangered animal improved: 

Scheme launched to save tigers

TX2 initiative was launched in 2010 after recording a historic low of 3,200 animals remaining across the 13 countries. The scheme aims to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022.

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India

Number of wild tigers in 2018 in the country is estimated to be between 2600 and 3350 animals and accounts for three-quarters of the world’s population. The figures are more than double the number in 2006.

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Russia

Russia's Amur tiger numbers have increased by 15 per cent in the past 10 years to around 540 animals. 

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Nepal

The country's tiger toll nearly doubled by 2018, up from 121 individuals in 2009 to 235.

According to conservation charity WWF, Bardiya National Park alone has increased from just 18 tigers in 2008 to 87 in 2018. 

(Photograph:Agencia EFE)

Bhutan

Bhutan’s Royal Manas National Park, the population rose from only 10 tigers a decade ago to 22 in 2019.

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China

In 2010, the country had no more than 20 wild tigers. But in 2014, camera traps captured footage of a tigress and her cubs in Wangqing Nature Reserve in Jilin province, which means tigers were breeding in China again and dispersing into new areas.

(Photograph:Zee News Network)

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