Data from the Wildlife Protection Society of India shows that 48 tigers were killed by poachers in India in 2013. The number of tigers killed was higher than the 32 tigers poached in 2012.
Officials with wildlife charities state that demand for traditional medicine in China is behind the recent rise in tiger poaching in India. Despite the incrase in poaching, the Bengal tiger population in India has been rising due to increase protection efforts. Back in 2008, there were 1,411 tigers in India. In the last official census, there were 1,706 tigers.
There are around 2,500 Bengal tigers around the world, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
Source: Kenneth Rapoza, “Chinese Health Nuts ‘Biggest Threat’ To India’s Bengal Tigers,” Forbes, January 5, 2014.