According to a recently published census (July 2019), India has increased its population of wild tigers to 2,967: a 30% increase from the country’s last census recordings four years ago. The figures are drawn from 26,000 cameras and almost 350,000 images, analysed by computer programmes to identify individual creatures. More than 50 tiger reserves in the country have helped to protect their habitats.
A record-breaking low in the global tiger population in 2010 prompted India and 12 other countries to sign the St Petersburg Declaration, stipulating they would double their tiger populations by 2022 under the Global Tiger Recovery Programme. By these latest figures, India has achieved its aim, more than doubling its population from a national low of 1,411 in 2006.