Social media is now passing around a photo of a tigress and her five cubs walking through the forest.
Parveen Kaswan, a worker for the Indian Forest Reserve shared the image. He is also a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The species has been in trouble in recent years and efforts have been ongoing to help bring them back from the verge of extinction. This tigress was spotted with five cubs, which is two more cubs than an average litter.
Kaswan shared the picture on Twitter and then wrote:
“This is a magical picture. Count the cubs with a 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 the verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai.”
This is 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. pic.twitter.com/ZIaMlUAxBj
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) January 6, 2020
BBC reported that the tiger population in India has seen steady growth in recent years. In 2014, the numbers were 2,226 and by 2019, it was 2,967.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was happy to report that the country is ‘now one of the biggest and most secure habitats of the tiger’. It is thought that about 70% of the Tigers in the world live in India.
Some estimates show that between the years of 1875 and 1925 around 80,000 tigers were killed in India for sports hunting and bounty hunting.
A wildlife protection law came into place in 1972 making it practically illegal to capture or kill wild animals. That is true even if they are thought of as being ‘problem animals’. Additional forest guards and an improved protection act were established. Reserves also were put in place by Indian officials.
It seems as if it is working because the numbers have been growing since 2006. In recent years, there has also been an increase in conflict between tigers and humans. It is thought that there are not enough forests to sustain how many tigers are living in the country so they may need to add additional reserves.
It seems as if India is committed to protecting and growing the tiger population. It is hoped that the additional increase will not create more conflict with humans.
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