Rajasthan's Dholpur-Karauli Becomes India's 54th Tiger Reserve

  • 25 Aug 2023

On 22nd August, India added its 54th tiger reserve in the districts of Karauli and Dholpur in Rajasthan, with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) giving its approval to the proposal.

Key Points:

  • Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan: This new addition marks Rajasthan's fifth tiger reserve after Ranthambore, Sariska, Mukundra Hills, and Ramgarh Vishdhari.
  • In-Principle Approval for Kumbhalgarh: Kumbhalgarh in Rajasthan has been granted in-principle approval to become a Tiger Reserve.
  • Benefits for the Region: The establishment of these reserves is expected to create employment opportunities through ecotourism, benefiting the local communities.
  • Tiger Population Growth: Government data indicates a rise in India's tiger population from 2,967 in 2018 to 3,682 in 2022, showcasing an annual growth rate of 6%. Madhya Pradesh leads with the highest number of tigers (785), followed by Karnataka (563), Uttarakhand (560), and Maharashtra (444). This increase reflects a 50% growth in the last four years in Madhya Pradesh.