Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: India’s tiger population increased to 3,682 in 2022, from 2,967 in 2018, according to an estimate released on July 29. This is an upward revision from April this year, when a minimum of 3,167 animals were estimated by the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), which coordinates the quadrennial tiger census.
This also indicates significant growth over the last decade; were 2,226 tigers reported in 2014, up from 1,706 in 2010.
In 2022, the maximum number of tigers, 785were reported to be in Madhya Pradesh , followed by Karnataka (563), Uttarakhand (560), and Maharashtra (444). Nearly a quarter of the tigers were reportedly outside protected areas.
India’s tigers are largely concentrated in 53 dedicated tiger reserves spread across 75,796 square km, spanning about 2.3% of India’s total land area. The reserves with the maximum number of tigers were at the Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand, which reported 260 animals, followed by Bandipur (150), and Nagarhole (141), both in Karnataka.