India praised for tiger conservation commitment

7th Sep 2012

India's contribution to efforts to save the endangered tiger has been praised by a prominent wildlife organisation.

The US-based Wildlife Conservation Society acknowledged India's "unprecedented commitment" and said other Asian nations should follow the example and take responsibility for their threatened species.

Speaking at the Wildlife Conservation Congress in Korea, the body said: "India took responsibility for the tiger when it announced Project Tiger in 1972.

"By doing so it sent a clear message that the fate of the wild tiger was in its hands and India alone would be held accountable for their future."

A tiger census report from March last year estimated the current tiger population to be around 1,706. The National Tiger Conservation Authority in India used information from 17 Indian states where the animals live.

The New York-based society also praised the government in Thailand for taking action against tiger poaching activity in the Western Forest Complex.

A list has been drawn up by the wildlife organisation of Asian species at a "conservation crossroads", including tigers, rhinos and giant river turtles.

Asian authorities are being asked to take swift action using three steps: Recognition, responsibility and recovery.

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