Are tigers making a comeback?: Tiger conservation in India
After almost a century of continued decline, tiger populations around the globe are slowly starting to increase. India is home to the largest tiger population and, in 2015, the Government conducted a tiger census that showed a 58% increase in tiger numbers in only 7 years!
What are the biggest threats to tigers?
The biggest threat to tigers in India are humans. As communities look to expand, more and more forests have been destroyed, severely impacting on their habitat and food sources. This means that tigers are more likely to come into contact with humans as they hunt for food, often resulting in the tiger being killed.
Poaching also remains an issue for tigers in India as a result of the high demand for tiger products on the black market. Despite their lack of scientifically proven medicinal value, tiger parts are highly valued within some forms of traditional Asian medicine.
The Indian Government has taken steps to protect tiger populations from poachers. They have increased security at some of their largest parks to stop poachers, increased funding to States with tiger reserves, and are working with local and international conservation organisations.
The tiger census in itself is an important conservation tool. This census doesn’t only estimate the number of tigers in India, but also co-predator numbers, prey animals and an assessment of their habitat. This data can be used to evaluate current conservation programs and guide future work.
How can I help?
One of the main ways that you can help with tiger conservation is by learning as much as you can about this issue and spreading the word amongst your family and friends!
Practice responsible tourism. There are lots of different tour companies in India that give you the chance to spot a tiger in the wild. Eco Companion partners with companies that work to preserve the natural environment while providing employment opportunities for local staff.
Experience an Indian Wildlife safari for yourself: http://www.ecocompanion.com/experiences/indian-wildlife-safari
If you aren’t really the safari type, you still have the opportunity to spot a tiger in the wild by staying at an eco-lodge. Experience jungle life for yourself by staying at a family-run eco-lodge that emphasises conservation of the surrounding environment!
Sleep in the mighty jungle: http://www.ecocompanion.com/experiences/bandhavgarh-jungle-lodge
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