India is now home to 70% of the world's tigers. According to Environment Minister, Prakash Javadekar, tiger numbers in India have increased from 1,411 seven years ago, to 1,226 today.
In the beginning of the century, the tiger numbers in India were quite high, at around 100,000. However, due to poachers who would kill the tigers and sell their carcasses for Chinese medicine, the numbers declined rapidly.
In 2004, the problem became more evident when environmentalists visited Sariska wildlife reserve in India. Sariska wildlife reserve is a popular place for people who want to see these beautiful creatures up close, and it was clear something had to be done when the environmentalists weren't able to spot even one tiger.
Since then, there are several efforts that have taken place in order to increase the tiger population in India. These include putting a stop to international smuggling, loss of the tigers' habitat, and poachers. In order to prevent poachers from getting to the tigers, forest guards are armed and will do whatever it takes to stop them.
Now, we can see that India's efforts have been working, and in seven years the population of tigers has increased by more than 800. Karnataka, India has the most tigers at 406, whereas Bengal has the least at 76.
Either way, it is still great news for India, which has seen the loss of tigers as the biggest crisis in their conservation history. Their work will need to continue in order to keep tiger numbers growing.