When the matchmakers believed that the time and the place were right — Friday at London Zoo — the rare Sumatran tiger called Asim and a female named Melati were put in the same enclosure to be potential mates.
The striped cat may not be looking down the barrel but only a right balance between conservation and development can secure its future. We are a long way from achieving the ambitious target set in 2010 of doubling the global tiger numbers by 2022.
India is currently home to 70 per cent of the world's tiger population in over 17 states and 50 sanctuaries across the country. According to NTCA's figures, 71 tigers died in India between January 1 and September 29 this year.
Asked if her consistent movement close to human settlement wasn’t seen as an alarm, Mishra said, “About 40 pc of our tigers live outside Protected Areas (PAs) and close to human settlements and also feed on cattle. So, that’s not an issue.”