Indian Government to Release New Tiger Population Numbers

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India is Home to More Than Half of the World’s Remaining Wild Tigers

Two tigers lying down, India. (c) Vivek R. Sinha / WWF-Canon

The Indian government will unveil new wild tiger population numbers at a major meeting of the 13 tiger range countries on Monday. The figures are expected to be announced at 12:30am ET Monday (10:00am in New Delhi) at the opening of the International Conference on Tiger Conservation which will be held in New Delhi, India on March 28 to 30, 2011. Hosted by the Indian government, the conference marks the first follow-up meeting of countries with wild tiger populations following November’s tiger summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. India is home to more than half of the world’s remaining wild tigers. World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is working closely with India and the other tiger range countries in an effort to double wild tiger numbers by 2022, the next Year of the Tiger. WWF has experts available to comment on the Conference and the significance of the new census figures.

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