Tiger under threat

 
Published: Saturday 15 February 1997

-- There has recently been an upsurge of speculation about the future of the Indian tiger. The number of tigers in Indian reserves increased by 39 between 1989 and 1993. But this includes tigers in five reserves where either earlier data was not available, or which have been declared a reserve between 1989 and 1993. The total population in these reserves is 146. If these reserves are excluded, the figure for 1993 is 1220, which is 107 less than 1989, indicating that the tiger population has reduced even in the reserves.

Are they protected?
Population of tigers in reserves
Name of reserve

Populations of tigers

Difference between 1993 and 1989
  1979 1984 1989 1993
Bandipur 39 53 50 66 (+16)
Corbett 84 90 91 123 (+32)
Dudhwa NA 80 90 94 (+4)
Kanha 71 109 97 100 (+3)
Sarika 19 26 19 24 (+5)
Simlipal 65 71 93 95 (+2)
Namdapha NA 43 47 47 -
Bandhavgarh - - - 41 -
Dampha - - - 7 -
Panna - - - 25 -
Pench NA NA NA 39 -
Tadoba-Andheri - - - 34 -
Buxa NA 15 33 29 (-4)
Indravati NA 38 28 18 (-10)
Kalakad-Mundantharai NA 20 22 17 (-5)
Manas 69 123 92 81 (-11)
Melghat 63 80 77 72 (-5)
Nagarjunsagar NA 65 94 44 (-50)
Palamau 37 62 55 44 (-11)
Periyar 34 44 45 30 (-15)
Ranthambhore 25 38 44 36 (-8)
Sunderbans 205 26 269 251 (-18)
Valmiki NA NA 81 49 (-32)
Total 711 983 1327 1366  

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