Incredible Photograph Shows Tiger Numbers Are Finally On The Rise Again
A heartwarming photograph has been shared online which shows the number of tigers living in the wild in India is increasing, after years of decline.
The candid snap shows an adult tiger and her five cubs walking along a path in Dudhwa National Park.
It was shared on social media by Parveen Kaswan, a conservationist who works for the Indian Forest Service.
The caption read: "This is magical picture. Count the #cubs with #tigress. I know for a reason how few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai."
This is magical picture. Count the #cubs with #tigress. I know for a reason how few people will be elated after seeing this. Efforts are helping in making this species bounce back from verge of extinction. PC Siddharth Singh. Magical Terai. pic.twitter.com/ZIaMlUAxBj- Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) January 6, 2020
He later added: "The photographer thanks all. This is the very purpose of conservation photography, providing the right message to masses."
Since the picture was shared, it has received more than 15,000 likes and 3,000 retweets.
Commenting on the post, one person said: "I hope they all live till their old age.. I hope the forest stands strong for them. I hope the human race gives the Earth a chance. Thank you for this post, makes me realise to work for them is far more satisfying than anything else." (sic)
"Beautiful!! So happy to see this majestic creature thrive and flourish," wrote a second user.
While another added: "What a beautiful picture! How can any fool think of killing these beautiful animals?"
According to a tiger census taken by the Indian government, the country's tiger population has risen by 33 percent over the past four years, with 3,159 living in the wild - as of 2018.
However, with only 3,900 tigers alive in the world today, they are still listed as an endangered species.
Regarding the global state of tigers, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says: "After a century of decline, overall wild tiger numbers are starting to tick upward. Based on the best available information, tiger populations are stable or increasing in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Russia and China.
"An estimated 3,900 tigers remain in the wild, but much more work is needed to protect this species if we are to secure its future in the wild. In some areas, including much of Southeast Asia, tigers are still in crisis and declining in number."
Featured Image Credit: Parveen Kaswan/Twitter