More tiger reserves will open in India.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has advised states to create seven more tiger reserves and has accorded in principle approval for five of them.
NTCA Member Secretary, Rajesh Gopal was quoted by Zee News during an ongoing United Nations Biodiversity conference in Hyderabad that the 42nd tiger reserve was created in Kawal on the border between Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.
NTCA also plans to create a national data base of tigers. “Each tiger will be given an identification number so that we know if any tiger is missing or is killed,” he said.
The total number of tigers has gone up from 1,411 in 2006 to 1,706 in 2010.