`Tigers could be ex­tinct in 5 years'

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

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

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