The number of tigers in Kerala's reserve forests has gone up to 100 due to excellent protection measures for the wildlife, an official said on Tuesday.
"The tigers in our forests were around 70 and now the number has gone up to around 100, and similar is the increase for other wild animals also," V Gopinath, principal chief conservator of forests in Kerala, told IANS.
The increase in the tiger numbers has been particularly noted because forests in the Western Ghats are contiguous and spread into states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. And given the vast expanse of these forests, it was but natural that wildlife often move from one region to another in search of food and habitation.
"The increase in the tiger numbers has been because of the contiguous nature of forests. Another aspect in the increasing numbers is the excellent protection given to the wildlife using funds from both the centre and states," added Mr Gopinath.
The monitoring of the tigers that is currently on at the Periyar tiger reserve is being done with the use of cameras.