The latest tiger census, conducted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), has found that Madhya Pradesh continues to have the highest number of tigers in the country. The state has 526 tigers, followed by Karnataka with 504 and Uttarakhand with 442.
The census was conducted in 2022 and covered 70,000 square kilometers of forest area in 18 states. The total tiger population in India is estimated to be 2,967, which is a significant increase from the last census in 2018, when the number was 2,226.
The increase in tiger numbers is a testament to the success of the government’s conservation efforts. Madhya Pradesh has been a pioneer in tiger conservation, and the state has a number of successful tiger reserves, including Bandhavgarh, Kanha, and Pench.
The state government has also taken a number of other measures to protect tigers, such as increasing patrolling in tiger reserves, providing compensation to people who lose livestock to tigers, and raising awareness about tiger conservation among local communities.
The increase in tiger numbers is a welcome development, but it is important to continue conservation efforts to ensure that the tiger population remains stable in the long term. The government needs to continue to invest in tiger conservation, and local communities need to be involved in the effort.
With continued conservation efforts, India can hope to maintain its status as a global leader in tiger conservation.