The Global Wild Tiger Population

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The word “tiger” from Latin word tigris meaning a spotted tigerhound of Actaeon.

•The global wild tiger population is estimated at anywhere between 3,062 and 3,948 individuals.

•The World Wide Fund for Nature estimates the tiger population at 3,200.

Why are tigers getting extinct?

•Poachers are continuing to kill the world's remaining Tigers.
•New demand across Southeast Asia for the skins, teeth and claws of tigers, particularly the Sumatran tiger.
•Tiger parts have a strong market for traditional medicines made from items like tiger bone and body parts.
•Deforestation and illiteracy are also a reason. So, we should save tigers.
Current Status of Tiger Subspecies

•There are currently 6 subspecies of
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What needs to be done to save the Tiger?

Indian Government spent $13 million only for the Conservation of Tigers. This money was used in:

1. Strengthening of anti-poaching activities.

2. Implementation of the urgent recommendations of the Tiger Task Force constituted by the National Board for Wildlife chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

3. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (4.09.2006) would strengthen tiger conservation by ensuring normative standards in tiger reserve management, preparation of reserve specific tiger conservation plan.

4. Assessment of tiger habitat status in the country.

5. Comparative appraisal of forest cover status in and around tiger reserves (upto a radial distance of 10 kms).

6. Several rare and endangered species of wild animals have been included in the Schedules of Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972, thereby giving it highest degree of protection.

7. Financial and technical help is provided to the States under various Centrally Sponsored Schemes, Project Tiger in 1973, Project Elephant and Development of National Parks and Sanctuaries for enhancing the capacity and infrastructure of the States for providing effective protection to wild animals.

8. Ensure that we have enough DNA, semen and eggs from a range of Tigers sufficient to ensure a viable population.

9. The government must ban any people movement in the tiger sanctuaries. Even issue an order "shoot
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