India is now home to nearly 3,000 tigers, a third more than it had four years ago, according to the latest tiger census.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who presented the findings on Monday, said the tiger population had risen from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.
India is now estimated to be home to around 70% of the world’s tigers.
By one estimate, between 1875 and 1925 alone, some 80,000 tigers were killed in India.
But a number of government initiatives – including a ban on hunting and awareness drives in villages – to streamline tiger conservation are said to be behind the increase of the population.
A strict wildlife protection law implemented in 1972 made it virtually illegal to kill or capture wild animals even when “problem animals” were involved in severe conflict situations.
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