The wonderful thing about Tiggers
Mumbai, Maharshtra news item
The rapidly-vanshing tiger is beginning to make a comeback in at least one Indian state - Maharashtra. Here is the Reuters news item.
At least 20 tigers have resurfaced in a tropical rainforest in western India, almost three decades after it was thought that poaching had wiped them out there, experts said on Tuesday.
The big cats were sighted over an 800 square kilometer (300 square miles) mountainous forest range in the western state of Maharashtra, bringing rare good news in a country that is rapidly losing its wildlife to poaching and habitat destruction.
India is believed to have half the world's surviving tigers, but according to a census in 2001 and 2002, their numbers have dwindled to 3,642 from 40,000 a century ago.
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