Sumary of Global Recognition for 14 Indian Tiger Reserves:
- Wildlife conservation efforts in India recently got a fillip when 14 tiger reserves were awarded the Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS) status.
- The tiger reserves thus recognised are Manas, Kaziranga and Orang in Assam, Satpura, Kanha and Panna in Madhya Pradesh, Pench in Maharashtra, Valmiki Tiger Reserve in Bihar, Dudhwa in Uttar Pradesh, Sunderbans in West Bengal, Parambikulam in Kerala, Bandipur Tiger Reserve of Karnataka and Mudumalai and Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.
- Read: Going Where The Big Cats Are Conservation Assured | Tiger Standards (CA|TS) has been agreed upon as an accreditation tool by the global coalition of Tiger Range Countries (TRCs) and has been developed by tiger and protected area experts.
- CA|TS is a set of criteria which allows tiger sites to check if their management will lead to successful tiger conservation.
- Tiger conservation in India took off as a major activity under Project Tiger in 1973. A tiger census conducted in 1972 (tiger hunting was banned in 1970) estimated there were 1,827 tigers in the country against an estimated 40,000 at the turn of the 20th century.