Corbett’s tiger count has been rising — from 137 in 2006 to 174 in 2010 and 215 in 2014. “We had expected the numbers to be over 250,” said director of the reserve, Rahul. It is followed by Nagarhole (127) and Bandipur (126), both in Karnataka, Bandhavgarh in MP (MP) and Kaziranga in Assam (104 each). Among states, MP topped the tiger estimation, with 526 (it had 308 last time), going past Karnataka (524 this time, 406 earlier).
UP’s Sohagi Barwa gets a lone tiger
Uttarakhand remained on the third spot, with 442 tigers, up from 340 previously. The All India Tiger Estimation is undertaken every four years, the latest in 2018. This time, Corbett is the only reserve with more than 200 tigers and has the highest tiger density in India, 14. The count in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve has also gone up. “It is a an increase from 58 to 82,” said Sanjay Kumar Pathak, field director of the reserve. Pilibhit reserve’s population is also up by two to 57. And what used to be a non-tiger zone in UP, Sohagi Barwa Wildlife Sanctuary, now has one tiger.
But Mizoram’s Dampa reserve and Bengal’s Buxa lost the 6 tigers they had between them.