Tiger Exhibition

Tiger Exhibition

Tiger Exhibition

The magnificent tiger, with its combination of grace, strength, agility and enormous power is the national animal of India.  At the turn of the 20th century, the Indian tiger population was estimated at 20,000 to 40,000 cats.  However, the first country-wide tiger census conducted in 1972 estimated the population to comprise a little more than 1,800 individuals, an alarming reduction in tiger population.  In 1973, Project Tiger was launched by the Government of India in the Palamau Tiger Reserve, and subsequently various tiger reserves were created in the country based on a 'core-buffer' strategy. Project Tiger is administered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.  It aims at ensuring a viable population of Bengal tigers in their natural habitats and also to protect them from extinction, and preserving areas of biological importance as a natural heritage forever represented as close as possible the diversity of ecosystems across the tiger's distribution in the country.

Today India is home to 70 percent of Tigers in the world.  The efforts in Tiger conservation have shown remarkable success wherein the Tiger population increased from 1,411 tigers in 2008 to 1,706 in 2011 and the latest census shows a massive 30% increase with 2,226 Tigers in 2014.  To quote India’s Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar "While the tiger population is falling in the world, it is rising in India...”

Mr Ola Jennersten, is a biologist and associate professor of animal ecology. He is coordinator of WWF's Swedish projects and tiger projects in India. To commemorate the significant success of Project Tiger, Embassy of India is running a Photo exhibition of some of Mr Ola’s exclusive photographs taken during his trips to the various national parks in India, capturing the majestic animal and his habitat. The exhibition will be on display till the 30th April, 2015.