There has been a 30 percent increase in the number of tigers in the country since 2010, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar said on 2 December.
The estimated number of tigers in the country has gone up to 2,226 (range 1,945-2,491) as compared to 1,706 in 2010 (range 1,520-1,909 tigers), he informed the Lok Sabha.
"The assessment of the status of tigers, co-predators and their prey 2014 using the refined methodology has shown a countrywide 30 percent increase in tiger numbers," the minister said in reply to a question by Prathap Simha, BJP MP from Mysuru.
India's tiger numbers dwindled to a low of 1,411 in 2006, when the first scientific census was conducted, as widespread poaching, shrinking habitats from deforestation, prey depletion and poor management of India's 47 tiger reserves took its toll on the big cat.
Since then, concerted efforts to stem the lucrative trade in tiger skin and body parts, and limiting human-animal contact seem to have turned the tide. Tiger organs and bones fetch high prices on the black market because of demand driven by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners.