Tigers in India

Latest tiger figure sin India (2011)

India’s tiger numbers increase for first time in a decade, says census Official count, which estimates the wild tiger population at 1,550, is controversial due to its inclusion of Sunderbans area. This is 10% more than in 2008 and the first time for deacdes that the population may have increased, if indeed it has.

An interesting article in Bloomberg Businessweek presents the stark economic facts behind the threat of extinction facing the tiger.

The Economics of Tiger Poaching

Wild tigers, worldwide, 1900: 100,000; 2010: 3,000 (est.)

Wild tigers, India, 2010: 1,400 (est.)

Wild tigers poached in India, 2006-09: 700 (est.)

Price paid to poachers for a complete tiger: $5,000

Price paid for a complete tiger at market: $50,000

Price paid for a tiger skin at market: $25,000-$35,000

Price per tiger “part” (bone fragments, whiskers, penis): $320-$2,000

Earnings per day were poacher to work as a farmer: $1

But offering hope for the future is the case of successful Porsche-driving banker, Nikhil Nagle, who has given up his lucrative job in Mombai to work full-time in saving the tiger.

In 1900 there were about 40,000 wild tigers in India; today, the official count is 1,400. Nagle says that is “highly optimistic” and guesses there are 800. About 60 were poached in India last year, he says. As Nagle watched the tiger population dwindle, his passion for wildlife became a mission. He gave “a fairly large amount” to Kanha National Park, where he had seen the tiger, and . . . launched Last Wilderness Foundation, devoted to conservation.

India halts tiger tourism in attempt to prevent extinction

Holidaymakers in India will no longer be able spot a Bengal tiger in the wild after the Indian government moved to phase out tiger tourism in an attempt to protect the species from extinction.

Goa wildlife census shows tiger presence

Evidence of at least three tigers’ presence has been found in Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries during the ongoing wildlife census in the state by forest department officials.

Plight of the Bengal: India awakens to the reality of its tigers—and their fate

Over the past 100 years wild tiger numbers have declined 97% worldwide. In India, where there are 39 tiger reserves and 663 protected areas, there may be only 1,400 wild tigers left, according to a 2008 census, and possibly as few as 800, according to estimates by some experts. Illegal poaching remains the primary cause of the tiger’s decline, driven by black market demand for tiger skins, bones and organs. One of India’s leading conservationists, Belinda Wright has been on the forefront of the country’s wildlife issues for over three decades. While her organization, the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI), does not carry the global recognition of large international NGOs, her group’s commitment to the preservation of tigers, their habitat, and the Indian people who live with these apex predators, is one reason tigers still exist.

Mortal combat: Can India’s tigers win the fight for survival? – good account

One of the world’s most magnificent creatures is on the brink of being wiped out entirely – and India is locked in a complicated battle to save it

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