Tiger conservation began in India with the Project Tiger that was launched on April 1st in 1973 by the Indian government. Initially, it encompassed nine key habitats across the country. Over time, the number of tiger reserves has expanded to a remarkable 54, making it the world’s most extensive species conservation initiative. The 54th tiger reserve in India is now in Rajasthan.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given the green light for the 54th tiger reserve in India, set to be located in the picturesque districts of Dholpur and Karauli. This decision marks a significant milestone in the state’s conservation efforts, bringing it closer to the ranks of renowned reserves like Mukundra Hills, Ranthambore, Sariska, and Ramgarh Vishdhari. It is believed that the Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve would be a milestone for wildlife conservation in Rajasthan.
A Second Tiger Reserve in the Making
Notably, Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan has also received in-principle approval to become another Tiger Reserve. This is a significant step towards the conservation of wildlife, promising a brighter future for tigers and biodiversity in Rajasthan. It will likely also leave a positive impact on local employment opportunities, especially through ecotourism.
A Tiger Success Story
Government data reveals a remarkable rise in India’s tiger population. From 2,967 tigers in 2018, the numbers have surged to 3,682 in 2022, representing an impressive annual growth rate of 6 percent. The statistics also shed light on the states leading the way in tiger conservation. Madhya Pradesh boasts the highest number of tigers at 785, followed closely by Karnataka (563), Uttarakhand (560), and Maharashtra (444). This showcases a remarkable 50 percent increase in the tiger population over the past four years. A rise in tourism is expected as thousands of travelers are expected to book international flights for a visit to the 54th tiger reserve in India.
Rajasthan’s Tiger Renaissance
Rajasthan, in particular, has been witness to a remarkable growth in its tiger population. In 2006, there were only 32 tigers in the state. In 2022 that number soared to an impressive 88. This remarkable resurgence is a testament to the state’s dedication to preserving its natural heritage and ensuring the survival of this magnificent species.
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The establishment of the Dholpur-Karauli and prospective Kumbhalgarh Tiger Reserves signifies a positive stride forward in India’s commitment to wildlife conservation. These reserves not only promise a brighter future for tigers but also offer economic opportunities to local communities through ecotourism. With the nation’s tiger population on the rise, Rajasthan’s success story serves as an inspiration for the rest of the country, demonstrating that with unwavering dedication, we can protect and preserve our natural treasures for generations to come.
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