India’s tiger population jumps: census

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NEW DELHI: India, home to most of the world’s wild tigers, on Tuesday reported a 30 percent jump in numbers over four years in a rare piece of good news for conservationists. A census found 2,226 tigers in India last year compared with 1,706 in 2010, officials in New Delhi announced. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar hailed the rise as a “huge success” as India battles to save the endangered animals from poachers and smugglers as well as destruction of their natural habitat. “While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India,” Javadekar said at the release of the census.

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