Tiger population rises
: The number of tigers in the wild is increasing for the first time after decades of constant decline.

The world now has 3890 tigers against 3200 in 2010. India alone has 2226 tigers against 1706 in 2011.

Releasing the figures on April 11, Director General of WWF International Marco Lambertini said that they offered great hope and showed that species and their habitats could be saved when governments, local communities and conservationists work together.

This updated minimum figure of 3890, compiled from IUCN data and the latest national tiger surveys, can be attributed to multiple factors including increases in tiger populations in India, Russia, Nepal and Bhutan, improved surveys and enhanced protection.

Tigers are classified as endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, threatened by poaching and habitat loss. Statistics from TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, show that a minimum of 1,590 tigers were seized by law enforcement officials between January 2000 and April 2014, feeding a multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade.

In order for countries to protect their tigers, it is essential that they know their tiger populations and the threats they face, the WWF said.

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