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India roars: Country is home to 3,167 tigers; PM Modi releases 2022 Tiger Census report

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Mysuru: India is now home to 3,167 tigers as per the Tiger Census Report – 2022 that was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mysuru on Sunday.

Addressing a gathering at Karnataka State Open University convocation auditorium here on Sunday, PM Modi said that when the Project Tiger was initiated in the country 50 years ago, there were 1,827 tigers in the country. In the last 50 years, their number has gone up which is a matter of pride to not just the countrymen but to the whole world, observed PM Modi.

Bandipur was one among the nine tiger reserves of the country that was chosen under the Project Tiger initiative 50 years ago. In the last 50 years, the number of reserved forests has gone up to 50 and the 35 Tiger Reserves have earned the tag of Project Tiger. He further added that about 75 per cent of the global tiger population is in India.

Making references to India’s culture, Prime Minister Modi said that tigers are not just wildlife in India but they share a great bond with humans in several cultures. “Conservation of wildlife is in our tradition and culture, as coexistence with wildlife and nature is in our culture. This has considerably helped in providing a feasible habitat for the big cats to thrive. At a time when the tiger population is dwindling globally, India has made remarkable contribution in the last 50 years to help these species thrive,” said PM Modi.

Taking reference to the significance of tiger in our culture, PM Modi said to many tribes and culture, tiger is not just a wildlife but is worshipped. He gave the instances of Swami Aiyappa and Ma Durga. Some even treat this animal as their family member. Conservation is in our culture and this made a huge impact in wildlife conservation. Today, India is the largest tiger range country in the world, he added. He further said that India is home to 30,000 Asiatic elephants, 3,000 single-horned rhinoceros. “This has been made possible with the people’s co-operation and our culture,” he stressed.

He called upon the nations that have Big Cats to join hands in conservation. “For, wildlife conservation is not just one country’s responsibility but that of whole world. Hence, there is a need for international alliance to conserve big cats that include tiger, lion, snow leopard, jaguar and cheetah. The alliance’s focus should be on exchanging research, training, capacity building and conservation efforts to help building sustainable and safe ecology of these big cats.”

Union Minister of Forest Bhupendra Yadav and Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ashwini Kumar Choubey were present.

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