Are Tiger Reserves Safe for the Future
They could go extinct.
Back in 2006, a huge campaign was run across India to “Save Tigers”.
The campaign has been successful, with the population of tigers rising to 1,706 in 2010 and to 2,226 in 2014.
India’s tiger reserves now house around 70% of the world’s tiger population.
But that’s not the end of “Save Tigers”.
According to scientists working towards tiger conservation in India, 41 out of 50 tiger reserves in India could go extinct.
India boasts of 50 tiger reserves, but scientists have found that only 9 out of those 50 have enough tiger population to sustain growth in breeding and avoid extinction.
The criteria is as follows:
The tiger reserve should have at least 20 breeding units in order to qualify as being a safe reserve for tigers.
A breeding unit is a unit of one male and one female tiger.
And only 9 tiger reserves: Corbett, Kanha, Painch, Ranthambore, Bandhavgarh, Sundarbans, Kaziranga, Tadoba and Mudumalai have a population of 20 or more breeding units.
Yadvendradev Jhala, a scientist with the WII (Wildlife Institute of India) claims:
“Our research has shown that a minimum of 20 breeding units are required for long-term persistence of tiger populations. Only nine tiger reserves meet this criteria in India, and even fewer outside the country. There are tigers in several reserves but their fate is questionable. Given their inherent demographic parameters they have a high probability to become extinct”.
The scientists suggest that the only way to save reserves with low tiger populations is to connect them with the nine larger populations, make them as big as the larger populations and meanwhile, protect the reserves with larger populations as much as possible.
In 8 years, we went from 1,411 tigers to 2,226 tigers. While that was great progress, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
The tigers haven’t been saved just yet.
Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) is one of the reserves which houses a high population of tigers, and the famous Maya tigress and Matkasur male tiger.
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