Last week, a sevenmonth-old tiger cub was reported to have died at a reserve in Madhya Pradesh. The state was at the top of the list for tiger fatalities in 2017. The tiger census is due in February, and critics of the MP government say it’s not doing enough to protect its tigers, undermining the state’s attempts to attract tourists.
Total tigers in MP, revealed 2014 census, up from 257 in 2010, 300 in 2006
Tigers estimated to have died in India in 2017, 98 recorded and 17 assumed through seizures of bones, skins and claws
Of tiger deaths recorded last year were in 3 states—MP, Maharashtra and Assam
Of India’s tigers live in forests outside reserves; 54 deaths in 2017, or 47% of total deaths, recorded outside reserves
Tiger reserves, spanning 2.1% of India’s geographical area, created since 1973 to aid conservation efforts
Tigers killed in MP up to January 29, 2018; 26 killed in 2017, fewer than 10 through natural causes; 33 in 2016
Tigers, or 60% of the world’s wild tiger population, live in India, says the 2014 census, up from 1,411 in 2006