Tiger reserves of India

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There are 50 [1] tiger reserves in India [2] which are governed by Project Tiger which is administrated by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).


India is home to 80 percent of tigers in the world. In 2006, there were 1,411 tigers which increased to 1,706 in 2010, 2,226 in 2014 and 2967 in 2018. [3] The Indian increase played a big role in driving up global populations as well; the number of wild tigers globally rose from 3,159 in 2010 to 3,890 in 2016 according to World Wildlife Fund and Global Tiger Forum. [4]


71,027.1 km2 (27,423.7 sq mi) of declared reserves are operated by state forestry departments "to ensure maintenance of viable populations of the conservation dependent Bengal tigers in India". The tigers are maintained for their scientific, economic, aesthetic, cultural and ecological values and to preserve for all time areas of biological importance as a national heritage for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the people." [5]

Population assessment

By the year 2018, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, there were estimated only 2,967 tigers in existence in India. [6] The 2010 National Tiger Assessment estimated the total population of tigers in India at 1,706. As per Ministry of Environment and Forests, the tiger population in India stood at 2,226 in 2014 with an increase of 30.5% since the 2010 estimate. This exhaustive study indicated that better protected tiger source sites, especially tiger reserves, have maintained viable populations. However, the area occupied by tigers outside protected areas has decreased considerably. This demonstrates the need for corridors in order for tigers to move between source sites. The existing tiger reserves represent around one-third of India's high density forest area. [7] More tigers were killed in the first quarter of 2016 than in the entire previous year. This significant revelation comes at a time when the tiger census numbers are disputed by the scientific community. Some tigers get tamed and poorly fed by owners.

In 2010-11, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in partnership with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) undertook an independent management effectiveness evaluation (MEE) of the 49 tiger reserves in the country. The reserves were categorized into four major categories. Madhya pradesh has the highest number of tigers(526) in the age group of 1.5 years with more than 408 big cats. Other states with significant populations included Uttarakhand (442), Karnataka (524), Tamil Nadu (229), Maharashtra (190), Assam (167), Kerala (136) and Uttar Pradesh (117). [8]

List of Tiger reserves

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State wise Bengal Tiger Population India, 2019
Si No.Tiger Reserve (Year of Creation)StatePopulation of tigers, 2014 [9]
1 Bandipur (1973–74) Karnataka 120
2 Corbett (1973–74) Uttarakhand 215
3 Kanha (1973–74) Madhya Pradesh 80
4 Manas (1973–74) Assam 11
5 Melghat (1973–74) Maharashtra 25
6 Palamau (1973–74) Jharkhand 3
7 Ranthambore (1973–74) Rajasthan 37
8 Similipal (1973–74) Odisha 3
9 Sunderbans (1973–74) West Bengal 68
10 Periyar (1978–79) Kerala 20
11 Sariska (1978–79)Rajasthan9
12 Buxa (1982–83)West Bengal2
13 Indravati (1982–83) Chhattisgarh 12
14 Namdapha (1982–83) Arunachal Pradesh 11
15 Dudhwa (1987–88) Uttar Pradesh 58
16 Kalakad-Mundanthurai (1988–89) Tamil Nadu 10
17 Valmiki (1989–90) Bihar 40
18 Pench (1992–93)Madhya Pradesh43
19 Tadoba-Andhari (1993–94)Maharashtra51
20 Bandhavgarh (1993–94)Madhya Pradesh63
21 Panna (1994–95)Madhya Pradesh17
22 Dampa (1994–95) Mizoram 3
23 Bhadra (1998–99)Karnataka22
24 Pench (1998–99)Maharashtra35
25 Pakke or Pakhui (1999-2000)Arunachal Pradesh7
26 Nameri (1999-2000)Assam5
27 Satpura (1999-2000)Madhya Pradesh26
28 Anamalai (2008–09)Tamil Nadu13
29 Udanti-Sitanadi (2008–09)Chhattisgarh4
30 Satkosia (2008–09)Odisha3
31 Kaziranga (2008–09)Assam103
32 Achanakmar (2008–09)Chhattisgarh11
33 Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve(Kali) (2008–09)Karnataka5
34 Sanjay-Dubri (2008–09)Madhya Pradesh8
35 Mudumalai (2008–09)Tamil Nadu89
36 Nagarahole (2008–09)Karnataka101
37 Parambikulam (2008–09)Kerala19
38 Sahyadri (2009–10)Maharashtra7
39Biligiri Ranganatha Temple (2010–11)Karnataka68
40 Kawal (2012–13) Telangana -
41 Sathyamangalam (2013–14)Tamil Nadu72
42Mukandra Hills (2013–14)Rajasthan-
43 Nawegaon-Nagzira (2013–14)Maharashtra7
44 Nagarjunsagar Srisailam (1982–83) Andhra Pradesh 74
45Amrabad (2014)Telangana-
46 Pilibhit (2014)Uttar Pradesh25
47 Bor (2014)Maharashtra5
48 Rajaji (2015)Uttarakhand-
49 Orang (2016)Assam-
50 Kamlang (2016)Arunachal Pradesh1


In addition to existing reserves, the in-principle approval has been accorded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority for the creation of four new tiger reserves, and the sites are: Ratapani Tiger Reserve (Madhya Pradesh), Sunabeda Tiger Reserve (Odisha), and Guru Ghasidas (Chhattisgarh). Final approval has been accorded to Kudremukh National Park (Karnataka) for declaring as tiger reserves by States. The State Governments have been advised to send proposals for declaring the following areas as tiger reserves: (i) Suhelwa (Uttar Pradesh), (ii) Mhadei Sanctuary (Goa), (iii) Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary / Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary / Varushanadu Valley (Tamil Nadu), (iv) Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary (Arunachal Pradesh) and (v) Cauvery-MM Hills (Karnataka). [10]

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Bengal tiger Tiger population in Indian subcontinent

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Mudumalai National Park National Park in Tamil Nadu, India

The Mudumalai National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary also a declared tiger reserve, lies on the northwestern side of the Nilgiri Hills, in Nilgiri District, about 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-west of Coimbatore city in Tamil Nadu, India. It shares its boundaries with the states of Karnataka and Kerala. The sanctuary is divided into five ranges – Masinagudi, Thepakadu, Mudumalai, Kargudi and Nellakota.Mudumalai starts from Gudalur, Thorappalli 17 km to Thepakadu.

National Chambal Sanctuary wildlife sanctuary

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Panna National Park National Park in India

Panna National Park is a national park located in Panna and Chhatarpur districts of Madhya Pradesh in India. It has an area of 542.67 km2 (209.53 sq mi). It was declared in 1993 as the twenty second Tiger reserve of India and the fifth in Madhya Pradesh, Panna was given the Award of Excellence in 2007 as the best maintained national park of India by the Ministry of Tourism of India. It is notable that by 2009, the entire tiger population had been eliminated by poaching with the collusion of forest department officials. It was designated as Biosphere Reserve on 25 August 2011.Sal, crocodile bark, Arjun, jamun, etc. are trees present here.

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National Tiger Conservation Authority

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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve part of Dudhwa National Park set aside for tigers

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Ratapani Tiger Reserve

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