Tiger numbers on the rise, census shows

Latest count raises hopes for the future of the endangered big cats.

    India has released the figures of its latest tiger census, and it shows an increase in their numbers in the wild.

    The result comes as the International Tiger Conservation Conference is being held in New Delhi.

    Tigers are present in 13 countries across Asia as well as Russia's Far East.

    Some 100,000 tigers existed in the wild at the start of the 20th century. Today there are as few as 3,200 remaining, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

    But India - home to more than half of the world's wild tigers - counted more than 1,700, almost 300 more than four years ago or an increase in tiger numbers of 15 per cent.

    The head of the WWF Tigers Alive Initiative, Mike Baltzer, told Al Jazeera how the findings have raised hopes for the endangered species.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.