`Tigers could be extinct in 5 years'
WHILE INDIA has registered an impressive growth in the tiger population, studies reveal that the big cats could be wiped off the face of the Earth in the next five years. In an alarming update, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has highlighted the dwindling number of tigers and said that if the current conditions continue, all tigers living in the wild could become extinct in the next five years. IUCN, which works for nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, states on its portal tigerday.org that the number of wild tigers is at its lowest ever. "Three tiger subspecies are already extinct. Tigers may be one of the most admired animals, but they are also vulnerable to extinction," it states.
SUNITA NARAIN / CSE