- Posted on August 3, 2013 by Tanmay Sharma
Tigers in Asia are acknowledged as the big cats, the royal predators, and at the same time they are an endangered species. Considering the same, the Asian countries have put their best foot forward for preserving the big cats. India, Russia and China have made significant efforts for the protection of the tigers. It was in year 1973 that the Project Tiger was kicked off in India. Initially it covered nine reserves and later it extended its approach. Owing to its success, the tiger count raised from 1200 in 1973 to 3500 in 1995. Though in the early 20’s, the number went down to 1411, India fought back and reached to the count of 1706.
Coming to Russia, in 1940, the Siberian Tigers were on the brink of extinction as mere 40 were left. The major reason behind this was poaching, and thus the government came up with stringent rules to initiate anti-poaching. As the result of the strong laws, the rate of poaching declined, and it went inversely proportional to the tiger count that increased to around 500.
Talking about the third nation, in China the tiger’s body parts were used for preparing traditional medicines and products of luxury. Owing to which the big cats almost disappeared from China. It was in year 1981 it joined hand with CITES for the protection of royal predators. Thereafter, in 1988, it made laws for wildlife protection and in1993 the government banned the trade of tiger parts. With all these efforts the state of tigers in Asia is witnessing a great change.