Conducted scientifically after every five years the numbers are encouraging, and the population in fifty tiger reserves and outside together stand at 2967 constituting seventy five percent of global population. The census is near accurate using camera traps, historical evidence, reports and much more.
All viable habitats are being reclaimed/developed and turned into tiger reserves. The mechanism of protection is the strongest in the core areas and weak in the outer rings or buffer where fewer cats exist. .
In core area human habitation is not allowed only the work force lives there. No commercial activities are permitted except controlled tourism in twenty percent of core. In recent times tourism is also organised in forests with good crown cover in the outer ring.
Sentinels of Wild
Although the tiger reserves fire watchers huts, and anti poaching camps have been established in the parks throughout. Subject to intense patrolling and alacrity the poaching incidence have been successfully mitigated to a great extent. Overall attention paid towards wildlife conservation is paying rich dividends. The forest staff and wildlife managers are committed and dedicated to their tasks with sincerity hence the population is recovering in most of the reserves.
Tiger conservation in the country is all encompassing and holistic thanks to scientific institutions, able wildlife managers, and the foot soldiers the sentinels of the wild.
Tourism has empowered local communities by skills and financially. They have become part of additional support systems proudly aiding conservation of their heritage. A tide have been turned for saving the tiger in India.
Role of NGOs
NGOs like the WPSI have fought tooth and nail against the poachers. Funds from WWF for nature and other institutions have been extremely helpful. Local Ngos and village level societies too contribute towards habitat and wildlife protection by being part of the system.