All India Tiger Estimation – 2018

  • PM releases results of 4th cycle of All India Tiger Estimation – 2018 On the occasion of International Tiger Day on 29th July’19 . Count of Tigers in India in 2018 rises to 2967.
  • The 33% rise in tiger numbers from 2014 to 2018 is the highest ever recorded between cycles which stood at 21% between 2006 to 2010 and 30% between 2010 and 2014.
  • Madhya Pradesh saw the highest number of tigers at 526, closely followed by Karnataka at 524 with Uttarakhand at number 3 with 442 tigers.
  • Chhatisgarh and Mizoram saw a decline in their tiger numbers while tiger’s numbers in Odisha remained constant.
  • During the 4th cycle, “Digital India” initiative, data was collected using an Android based application- M-STrIPES ( Monitoring system for Tigers’ Intensive Protection and Ecological Status).
  • The data  was collected over nearly 15 months involving survey of 381,400 sq.km. of forested habitats. Besides cameras were placed in 26760 locations which gave a total of 35 million images of wildlife including 76523 images of tigers. Segregation of these images by artificial intelligence software.
  • 42% of the tiger reserves fell in the Very Good management category, 34% in the Good category, 24% in the Fair category while no tiger reserve was rated Poor.
  • In 2014, there were 692 protected areas, which increased to more than 860 in 2018.