It’s up to tiger country governments to put a halt to wildlife trafficking

Reports at the beginning of the year that tiger numbers in India had increased by almost a third was indeed welcome news.

Pragmatic conservation efforts and a resolute will to protect India’s most iconic species seem to have resulted in a much-needed positive result. Some conservationists have expressed concerns that the final count of 2,226 tigers may be somewhat overestimated and advise caution on the interpretation of such a figure. Others worry about what this might mean for the Government’s plans to prioritise economic growth on the subcontinent, with the fear that more land will now be devoted to industry.