Tiger is the national animal of India and this is a fact we’ve all learned in school. But with rampant hunting of tigers, our national animal is on the verge of extinction. If it continues, there will soon be a time when the tiger would only exist as a holographic memory – much like what dinosaurs are right now.
The main objective of the Project Tiger
- The project aims to decrease definitive factors that lead to the reduction of tiger habitats. There are definitive damages done to the tiger habitats due to urbanisation and hence project tiger aims to facilitate appropriate environments and ecosystems for tigers to grow in.
- The project also aims to make sure that there is a suitable population of tigers for cultural, aesthetic and primarily for ecological values.
Impact of Project Tiger – a roaring success
The Tiger census of 1972 alarmed the nation when it was found that there are only 1827 tigers left across the nation. Since the Project tiger came into the picture, the number of tigers nationwide has significantly increased.
In the next tiger census conducted in 1979, the number of tigers showed a remarkable increase to 3015.
The Project Tiger still continues to be in effect, making sure the number of tigers across the country never reduces to an alarming number, thereby ensuring that the pride of the nation never becomes a matter of study in the dusty pages of a history textbook somewhere lost in oblivion.