It’s good news for animal lovers as according to scientists the global population of Tigers may double by 2022.
Just a decade ago figures had indicated that some drastic measures were needed to save the big cats as their numbers had dropped extremely.
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.
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.
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.
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.