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Project Tiger: India’s tiger population was 3,167 in 2022

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According to the latest tiger census data released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the tiger population in India has reached 3,167 in 2022, which is a significant increase compared to the previous census figures of 1,411 in 2006, 1,706 in 2010, 2,226 in 2014, and 2,967 in 2018. During the inauguration of the commemoration of 50 years of ‘Project Tiger’, the Prime Minister also launched the ‘International Big Cat Alliance’ that aims to protect and conserve seven major big cats worldwide, including tigers and lions. The Prime Minister emphasized that wildlife protection was a universal issue and that the IBCA was India’s contribution to protecting and conserving big cats. Additionally, he released a booklet named ‘Amrit Kaal Ka Tiger Vision’, which outlines the vision for tiger conservation in the next 25 years.

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About the ‘Project Tiger’

‘Project Tiger’ is a tiger conservation programme launched in India on April 1, 1973, to protect and increase the tiger population in the country. Initially, the project covered nine tiger reserves spread over 18,278 sq km. Currently, there are 53 tiger reserves spanning more than 75,000 sq km, which is approximately 2.4% of India’s geographical area.

The top 10 states with the highest population of Tigers in India are as follows:

State Number of tigers
Madhya Pradesh 526
Karnataka 524
Uttarakhand 442
Maharashtra 312
Tamil Nadu 264
Assam 190
Kerala 190
Uttar Pradesh 173
West Bengal 88
Rajasthan 69

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