International Tiger Day: 51 reserves in 18 states, India home to 70% of tiger population. PM Modi highlights efforts
On the occasion of International Tiger Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed the government's commitment to ensuring conservation efforts, safe habitats for its tigers, and nurturing tiger-friendly ecosystems. Greeting wildlife lovers on this day, Prime Minister Modi posted a series of tweets from his official handle on the microblogging website, where he highlighted how India has led tiger conservation efforts over the past years and achieved significant milestones in this area.
"On International Tiger Day, greetings to wildlife lovers, especially those who are passionate about tiger conservation," the Prime Minister wrote in a tweet. "Home to over 70% of the tiger population globally, we reiterate our commitment to ensuring safe habitats for our tigers and nurturing tiger-friendly eco-systems."
PM Modi pointed out that India is home to over 70% of the entire tiger population in the world, spread out across 51 tiger reserves in 18 states. "The last census of 2018 showed a rise in the tiger population," he said. "India achieved the target of doubling of tiger population 4 years ahead of schedule of the St. Petersburg Declaration on Tiger Conservation."
India's tiger conservation strategy is unique, in the sense that the country attaches special importance towards involving local communities in these efforts, the Prime Minister said. "We are also inspired by our centuries-old ethos of living in harmony with all flora and fauna with whom we share our great planet," he said.
Notably, India made a marked comeback in its tiger conservation efforts, from nearing endangerment to now being home to over 2,967 tigers, 70% of the entire world's tiger population. The 50 tiger reserves in India are administrated by the 'Project Tiger' campaign under the National Tiger Conservation Authority.