Happy world tiger day!
Thank you for dropping by to hear about tigers. The last tiger consensus was made in the year 2014 and the last tiger estimation phase had begun in the year 2016, using the proven scientific statistical methods of estimation, projecting a staggering figure of 2,226 tigers taking the world tiger count to 3,890.
The next consensus is sheduled in 2018. As of today, UNEP believes we have roughly under 4000 tigers left in the world, which is 97% lesser than what nature had a century ago.
India is home to over 70% of the world tiger population. Uttarakhand – a northern Indian state, has reported sighting of 63 new tigers in Jim Corbet National Park in 2017 alone, excluding the 11 tiger cubs born at Rajaji National Park within the state this year.
Of course, the debate over tiger mapping methods in India is largely under scrutiny. Conservationist experts from NGO like WCS within India are dubious as well about the last consensus figures. However, other experts are of opinion that in the upcoming consensus it will all be proven for good.
India is optimistic about expecting a 6-7% rise in tiger populace by the next consensus in 2018. Dr. Swain, who is Director General of Project Tiger, a Government of India tiger conservation initiative, is hoping for 2,650 tiger count by next year.
A top NTCA (National Tiger Conservation Authority) insider explained the encouraging trend, by expressing – “we conduct the phase 4 exercise towards the end of every census done once in four years, the last was done in 2014. We have fairly good scientific and tech-enabled evidence gathered from the ongoing study, which started in October 2016, showing a possible significant rise in tiger population and there are certain reserves showing proof of sizeable big cats population’ by next census due in 2018.” – India Today
Meanwhile, a sad and disheartening news about a new zoo being created for the unfortunate 100 tiger temple orphaned tigers next to their previous site of torture (where 40 tiger cubs of 1-3 days old were discovered bottled up in jars by Thai police) has surfaced up the old uneasy wounds. It’s epically gross and graphic and disheartening. Please read about it here at your own risk.
Meanwhile, a rare breed of once near-extinct critically endangered Indochinese Tigers, was reported breeding in Thai jungles. As of now, there are only 221 Indochinese tigers found in Myanmar & Indonesia, altogether.
Last year, I did some research after the tiger temple torture came to light. I had wordpressed a write-up, which can be accessed here.