Last year’s International Tiger Day, July 29 was a day to rejoice as fresh data revealed by PM Modi suggested a significant rise in India’s tiger population. The number shot up from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2019. Although any further developments and changes in India’s Tiger population is yet to be confirmed after the next census (done every four years), this picture of a tigress strolling with her five cubs is instilling hope throughout the country. By Kumar Shree
The data quoted by PM Modi on July 2019 was from the Status of Tigers in India-2018 report collated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), and Wildlife Institute of India. Although that report was already reason enough for us to rejoice, this new picture shared by IFS officer Parveen Kaswan has further solidified the hope that India’s tiger population is improving. If you’re an environment enthusiast, we recommend checking Parveen’s Twitter and Instagram handles as well.
The picture shared by Parveen is from the Terai region of northern India and southern Nepal. The region runs parallel to the lower ranges of the Himalayas, and is considered one of the the most ecologically productive ecosystems of the globe. Some Twitter users also claim that the region’s wildlife is bouncing back and flourishing at a quick pace; results of which can be seen in Katerniaghat, Pilibhit and Dudhwa.
“This is [a] magical picture. Count the #cubs with #tigress. I know for a reason how few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai,” wrote Parveen while sharing the picture on his account. Little did he realise that he was sharing something that would spread smiles and instill hope throughout the country.