By Biba Jasmine Kaur and Staff Reporter
The author is Project Associate, Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, Uttarakhand. firstname.lastname@example.org
At the turn of the 20th century, there were estimatedly 40,000 tigers in India. Today the figure stands at 1,706. Clearly, the big cats roaming the country’s 81,881 sq km of tiger habitat are in need of urgent attention.
Tigers are key to the health of an ecosystem with the top predator helping to keep prey populations in check, thus ensuring sustainability of a habitat. Forests and wildlife are often viewed by political establishments as impediment to progress, resulting in exacerbating pressures on our last remaining wild spaces. Adhoc developmental activities are often needlessly fragmenting large natural landscapes, hastening their decline. It is not a question of saving the tigers alone; what needs to be understood is the crisis...