July 30, 2020

On the occasion of International Tigers day (July 29, 2020), Union Environment Minister released the All India Tiger Estimation Report-2018. The All India Tiger Estimation is undertaken every four years, the latest in 2018.

Key findings of the Report:

  • India’s tiger population now stands at 2967 which is 70 percent of the global tiger population.

  • Among states, MP topped the tiger estimation, with 526 (it had 308 last time), going past Karnataka (524 this time, 406 earlier). Uttarakhand remained on the third spot, with 442 tigers, up from 340 previously.

  • Jim Corbett national park in Uttarakhand has the most number of tigers at 231. It is followed by Nagarhole (127) and Bandipur (126), both in Karnataka, Bandhavgarh in MP (MP) and Kaziranga in Assam (104 each).

  • Jim Corbett is the only reserve with more than 200 tigers and has the highest tiger density in India at 14.

  • Sohagi Barwa Wildlife Sanctuary, which used to be a non-tiger zone in UP, now has one tiger.

  • In 1973 there were only 9 tiger reserves in the country, which has now gone up to 50.

  • Nearly a third of India’s tigers are living outside tiger reserves and nearly 17 of the 50 reserves are approaching the peak of their capacity at sustaining their populations.