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Tiger population increases by 30 percent in India

After decades of facing extinction and aggressive illegal trade practices, tiger populations in India saw a 30 percent increase from 2001 to 2014, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters Tuesday.

Javadekar praised India’s conservation methods to protect the endangered species, including efforts to curb poaching. India is home to 70 percent of the world’s tiger population, Javadekar said.

The latest census figures put the wild tiger population in India at 2,226 in 2014, 520 more big cats than in 2010.

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Tuesday’s announcement follows India’s recent torching of more than 42,000 exotic animal parts — tiger skins and elephant tusks, among others — to discourage the black market demand for items from endangered animals.

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