India lost 329 Tigers and 307 Elephants in 3 years between 2019 and 2021
- As per a recent data presented by Union Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey, India lost 329 tigers in the last three years, between 2019 to 2021.
- These deaths were recorded as 96 tigers in 2019, 106 in 2020 and 127 in 2021. The cause of death mainly included poaching, natural and unnatural causes.
- The data showed that 68 tiger did due to natural causes, 5 died because of unnatural causes, while 29 deaths were attributed to poaching and 30 to ‘seizure’. Death cause of 197 tiger are still under scrutiny.
- However, the number of poaching cases was found to be reduced from 17 in 2019 to four in 2021.
- A similar survey was done for elephants also. This survey revealed that as many as 307 elephants died between 2019 and 2021 due to poaching, electrocution, poisoning and train accidents.
- The cause of deaths in the last three years is shown below:
- 222 elephants died due to electrocution. Odisha, Tamil Nadu and Assam reported 41, 34 and 33 such deaths, respectively.
- 45 elephants have died in train accidents. Odisha and West Bengal reported 12 and 11 such deaths respectively.
- 29 elephants have died due to poaching. Meghalaya and Odisha reported 12 and 7 such deaths respectively.
- 11 elephants have died due to poisoning, which included 9 in Assam.
Source: Business Standard