save tiger project

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Project Tiger is a wildlife conservation movement initiated in India in 1972 to protect the Bengal Tigers. The project aims at tiger conservation in specially constituted tiger reserves representative of various regions throughout India. It strives to maintain a viable population of this conservation reliant species in their natural environment. In 2008, there were more than 40 Project Tiger Tiger Reserves of India covering an area over 37,761 km². Project Tiger helped to increase the population of these tigers from 1,200 in the 1970s to 3,500 in 1990s. However, a 2008 census held by Government of India revealed that the tiger population had dropped to 1,411. Since then the government has pledged US$153 million to further fund the project, set-up a Tiger Protection Force to combat poachers, and fund the relocation of up to 200,000 villagers to minimize human tiger interaction. SAVE TIGER PROJECT

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The world’s remaining tiger populations exist in small, isolated fragments that are constantly threatened by the illegal hunting of tigers and their prey. As recently as one hundred years ago, up to 100,000 tigers (Panthera tigris) roamed the forests and grasslands of Asia but today less than 5,000 tigers survive in the wild, and that number continues to plummet. In the past few years alone, some tiger populations have been completely eliminated, even from what were considered to be well-protected areas. Despite such setbacks, expansive areas of existing and potential tiger habitat still exist in many parts of Asia. Tigers can make a comeback if the most critical threats to their existence – poaching of tigers and their prey – are addressed effectively and immediately.

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