Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

MP dislodges Karnataka to become India’s Tiger Capital




In 1973, when Project Tiger was launched, there were only nine tiger reserves in the country. Now, there are 50, covering an area of 72,749 sqkm. Our tiger count has shot up too, according to the latestcensus-from 2,226 tigers in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018, a 33% jump.




Since 2006, when the four-year tiger census begun, the big cat population in India has been growing at a steady clip of 6% per year. The best performers were Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. However, the drop in tiger population in Odisha and Chhattisgarh is a matter of concern.





Source: The Times of India, 30 July 2019, Chennai.