"India is now home to 70 per cent of the world's tigers," Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Tuesday.
Karnataka has the most number of tigers at 406. Uttarakhand has 340 tigers, Tamil Nadu has 229, Madhya Pradesh has 208, Maharashtra has 190 and the Sundarbans in Bengal has 76 tigers.
India has struggled to stop the rapid decline of its big cat population in the face of poachers, international smuggling networks and loss of habitat.
In 2004, environmentalists were shocked when not a single tiger could be spotted at the Sariska wildlife reserve in Rajasthan, a top destination for big cat watchers. It was seen as the biggest crisis in India's conservation history and led to a massive drive that included arming forest guards at various reserves to fight poachers.
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