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Historic success: the number of tigers in India rises to almost 3,000
India is now home to three quarters of the world's tiger population. "The result of the tiger census that has just been announced should make every Indian and every nature lover happy," said Modi.
The results of the four-year census were published by the government in New Delhi on International Tiger Day on July 29th. The number of tigers grew to 2967 in 2018. Around 15 years earlier, there were only around 1,400 copies left in India.
In the previous census in 2014, 2226 animals were registered. The government's tiger protection program in Delhi was launched in the 1970s.
"In an extremely endangered species like the tiger, every single animal counts," said Kathrin Samson, tiger expert at the WWF environmental foundation. India, one of the most populous countries in the world, proves that tiger protection is also possible in economically emerging countries.
"We are now hoping for a signaling effect for other tiger states in which the big cat is still in bad shape." The situation is worrying in many countries in Southeast Asia.
4000 copies at most
The number of tigers around the world has declined sharply in the past. One of the reasons is the illegal hunt for the animals whose body parts are used in traditional medicine in China and Southeast Asia. According to the WWF, there are currently at most 4,000 wild tigers in Asia.
International Tiger Day is celebrated annually on July 29th and celebrated with events in countries such as India, China and Bhutan. The World Day, launched in 2010, is intended to draw attention to the serious threat to big cats.
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