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Indian tigers appraoching extinction fast: Report

Tue, Feb 12, 2008

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India has far fewer tigers living in the wild than had been thought, initial results from a major new study suggest.

The previous census, carried out in 2001 and 2002, said there were 3,642 tigers.That was far too optimistic, say conservationists.A century ago there were 40,000.The Wildlife Institute of India census showed tiger numbers falling in some states by two-thirds in five years. A final report is due out in December. The new survey’s margin of error puts the number of tigers as low as 1,165 or as high as 1,657 in the best case scenario.
The survey did not include the Sundarbans, a vast marshy mangrove forest straddling the border with Bangladesh where tigers are still sometimes spotted, because the terrain requires a different counting methodology.
They blame poaching and urbanisation for the decline and say the authorities must do more before time runs out.

A century ago India was believed to have tens of thousands of tigers.The country is home to 40% of the world’s tigers, with 23 tiger reserves in 17 states.

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9 Comments For This Post

  1. Venkatesh Varalu Says:

    hi,

    Its nice that you have made a post on this. I am making a post on this too and asking others to do so and spread the word and save the remaining tigers.

    Here is the post in my blog.
    http://varalu.blogspot.com/2008/03/india-land-of-tigers.html

    Spread the word and ask more people to blog about it and lets do the difference.

    Thanks.

  2. Mayank Says:

    Yeah you are right.
    Thats the least we can do.

  3. Manisha Says:

    Let’s really prove that really India is the land of tigers by joining hands together to save the remaining tigers.

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