The tiger is an endangered animal. There are only 4,000 wild tigers left in the world. But their number is rising. That’s thanks to efforts in India. In July, the country announced that it had nearly 3,000 tigers. That’s more than half of the world’s wild tigers!
Tourists keep a safe distance from a female tiger. It’s crossing a road in India’s Kanha Tiger Reserve.
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India has set aside land for tigers. On these reserves, tigers can spread out and hunt. Sometimes, they come across people or animals. India’s government has moved villages away from reserves. This protects farm animals from hungry tigers. It also protects tigers from angry villagers.
Nilanga Jayasinghe works for the World Wildlife Fund. “We have made big strides in tiger conservation,” she told TIME for Kids. “But threats to tigers remain.”
In Asia, tigers are illegally hunted for their skin, whiskers, and teeth. Shari Rodriguez is a wildlife expert. She says India’s success gives her hope. “This is a small, small victory in a long war against extinction."