The Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests released its tiger census and put the Indian tiger population at 1,706 or a 20% increase over 2006 census. India has 50% of the world's tigers in or near 39 Tiger preserves.
The biggest threat to Tigers is habitat loss. Economic growth has sometimes come at the expense of tiger habitat. India's economy is growing at about 9% per year.
The census calculated 70 tigers existed in the Sundarbans, an area notorious for tiger attacks on humans. The Sundarbans is a coastal, mangrove forest that is threatened by rising seas and storms associated with increasing levels of heat trapping gas and global temperatures.
Vladimir Putin is the world leader who has championed saving tigers and conserving their habitat.