Scientists question India tiger data - recent census may be wrong

A bengal tiger, Karnataka, India.

A bengal tiger, Karnataka, India. Image by Paul Mannix / CC BY 2.0

A team of scientists from the UK and India has questioned the results of India’s recent tiger census, which reported a 30% rise in tiger numbers. After testing the census methodology, the researchers have warned that the mathematical basis for the calculations used to estimate tiger numbers may have been flawed, potentially invalidating the entire survey. The implications of the study have far-reaching consequences for wildlife conservation, as the index-calibration method is used by conservationists worldwide. Read more:

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