Today on 26th June 1995 Madhya Pradesh was declared the "Tiger State of India" since the state was then home to one-sixth of the world’s tiger population.
At the start of the 21st century, the population of the Bengal Tiger in India was around 20,000-40,000. When the first tiger census was carried out in 1972, it was discovered that there were only 1,800 tigers left in the country. It was then that Project Tiger was launched in 1973 in the Palamau Tiger Reserve in Jharkhand.
Madhya Pradesh, also known as "the heart of India", is blessed with rich flora and fauna is home to 9 national parks and 25 wildlife sanctuaries, spread over an area of 10,862 km sq. At one time, the state was home to 19% of India’s tiger population and 10% of the world’s tiger population.
The government made a special effort to conserve highly endangered species, especially tigers in the national parks of Madhya Pradesh. Wildlife sanctuaries such as the Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Panna and Satpura National Park are managed as Project Tiger reserves. India Post also issued different commemorative stamp depicting this national animal of India.
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