‘Need To Maintain And Augment Tiger Corridors’.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, the member-secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) Anup Nayak, spoke about a range of issues pertaining to tiger conservation in Maharashtra and India. From the rise in tiger numbers as per latest estimates to directions issued to all states about safeguarding tiger habitats and mitigating conflict, Nayak stressed that the safe dispersal of tigers through human-dominated areas is the main challenge India is facing in protecting the big cat.
India published its All India Tiger Estimation results in July with 2,967 individuals (home to 75% of the world’s tiger population) with numbers rising since 2006 at a rate of 6% annually. Current tiger population in Maharashtra stands at 312 as per the latest estimate, a 202%rise since 2006 numbers of 103.
India’s tiger numbers rise fast, as well as the number of people – that is rising much faster.
To prevent tiger reserves to become isolated – with lots of human-tiger-conflicts as a result – India needs to create an intelligent and human-proof system of tiger corridors so tigers still can roam freely.
This article is about this, an interview with Anup Nayak, the member-secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).