India is set to establish its first tiger park in the country’s far north, officials said Tuesday, in a move that could be a boon for conservationists and environmentalists.
The tiger reserve in the state of Maharashtra, which is part of India’s eastern state of Uttar Pradesh, will be the largest tiger reserve anywhere in the world, the Indian Wildlife Department said in a statement.
It will be named Jharkhand Tiger Park.
The state is home to a large number of tigers, which are considered endangered by the IUCN.
India’s tiger population is currently estimated at around 1,200.
The IUCNC has said it is the second-most endangered species in the planet, but its status is unclear due to the presence of illegal hunting and poaching.
The first tiger reserve, named Jambakkam, was established in 1989, but the government has been trying to establish a park since 2005.
The park will be located in a region where tigers have been extinct for several decades.
The announcement comes amid growing public concern about the spread of the virus and threats to endangered species, such as tigers.
In the northern state of Gujarat, the government is considering plans to build a wildlife sanctuary in an area of the state where tiger populations have been dwindling.