It’s good news for animal lovers as according to scientists the global population of Tigers may double by 2022.
For past few decades, the population of the Tigers has been suffering so much that many had feared they might become extinct soon.
Just a decade ago figures had indicated that some drastic measures were needed to save the big cats as their numbers had dropped extremely.
At present, there are just under 3,500 tigers left in the wild and this is indeed a worrisome figure.
One of the biggest reasons for the drop in number of tigers is that more than 90 per cent of the territory which was once covered by the big cats is not under forest cover any more.
Fortunately, in the last 10 years the population of tigers has increased in India and Nepal.
A paper published in the international journal Science Advances
, claims that the number of tigers could rise by 100 per cent in the forest cover area that remains.
Concerned about the dwindling number of tigers in the world, in 2010 a meeting of 13 tiger range countries had taken place in Russia.
A target was set during that meeting and they are since been trying to double the number of tigers by 2022.
Following up in 2010’s meeting, the representatives of these 13 countries are set to meet again in New Delhi this month.
The authors of the paper also noted that in the last decade successful efforts of conservation has been managed by community in Nepal and India, and that the two countries have registered a significant rise in tiger population. It was found that agricultural expansion and infrastructure development were the real reasons for shrinking of tiger population.
The study stated that the tigers “proliferate rapidly where prey and sheltered habitat are abundant, as demonstrated by tiger recovery in Panna National Park, India.”
For the required goal there is a need for “maintaining the existing habitat, including ecological connectivity among source populations.” The landscape research had also showed that Sumatra was the most affected forest and estimated that nearly $750 billion would be needed to in infrastructure over the next decade so as to save the Tiger habitat.