With the decline in the tiger count throughout India, hunting of tiger was officially banned in the 1970s. It was actually shocking to discover then that only 1800 species of this ferocious animal were left. This made the concerned authorities look into the matter and take some serious steps to save the tiger. Soon in the year 1972, “Project Tiger” was launched in Corbett National Park in Uttaranchal.
The Project Tiger was established with an aim to provide tigers safe havens so that they are not killed. This project enabled tigers to flourish as a species. At the time of the commencement of the implementation of this project, there were only nine national parks. Gradually a total of 19 national parks came under the Project Tiger. Bandhavgarh, Bandipur, Corbett, Kanha, Panna, Pench, Ranthambhore and Sariska are a few parks that are associated with this project. Project Tiger started in association with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and still receives major funds from this association.
In order to ensure the survival of the tiger, the Government is making every possible effort. Talking of the present, the government is spending approximately US$75 every year so as to keep the animal safe and alive.
Despite the increase in the number of tigers, it is believed by the experts that there are several shortcomings with this project. Though it was predicted by the experts that the tiger would be an extinct species soon, the animal can still be seen roaming freely in the jungles of India. It is true that tigers are still not observed in thrilling numbers but several efforts are being made to save this animal. Flourishing of the tigers is great news for the whole of the natural treasure.