Though tiger is a national animal of our country; we have drastically failed to keep this species alive. Though the slogan says there are only 1400 tigers left now; but we are only left out with 700-800 of them. Until 20th century there were nine subspecies of the big cats and probably numbered over 100000 animals. This number is reducing at a very fast phase. Ask them the reason for decrease in the number ??? Oh well! There are many….
The decrease in the number of big tigers was first noticed in china in 1950’s & 1960’s when over 3000 tigers were killed for medical trade. Chinese authorities have disclosed that, in 1991, exports of tiger bone medicines included 15079 cartons of tablets, 5250kg of liquid medicines & 31500 bottles of wine.
The tigers are only safe in the reserved areas but with the growing population of humans, the reserved places are now decreasing. The tigers which are away from the reserved places are often poisoned by the sapiens.
India’s current strategy for conservation of big cats is building national parks and wild life sanctuaries including large tracts of tiger habitat. There are also many organizations who have started campaigns to save the big cats some of them are – Save China’s Tigers, Save Wild Tigers, Save Tigers Now etc.
It is estimated that India has upto 60% of the world’s tigers, so appropriate measures are taken to keep that number healthy and try to increase it.
– By Khushboo Chauhan
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