PROJECT TIGER : The Government of India’s pioneering initiative for conserving its national animal, the tiger, was launched as the ‘Project Tiger’ in 1973. From 9 tiger reserves since its initial years, the Project Tiger coverage has increased to 50 at present, spread out in 18 of our tiger range states. This amounts to around 2.21% of the geographical area of our country. The tiger reserves are constituted on a core/buffer strategy. The core areas have the legal status of a national park or a sanctuary, whereas the buffer or peripheral areas are a mix of forest and non-forest land, managed as a multiple use area. The Project Tiger aims to foster an exclusive tiger agenda in the core areas of tiger reserves, with an inclusive people oriented agenda in the buffer.
Project Tiger is an ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change providing central assistance to the tiger States for tiger conservation in designated tiger reserves.
The Forest Department of Assam and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) have been jointly working to enhance the Tiger and Rhino population status in Manas Tiger Reserve. The local NGO’s and some others like WWF, Aaranyak (A society of Biodiversity conservation) gave their best in collaboration with Forest Department to save the National Animal in Manas.
According to recent population Estimation (2018-2019) the total number of Tiger is 30 individuals of which 25 individuals are adults and the rest of 5 individuals are cubs.