• The much awaited 2018 tiger census report is likely to be delayed and will be released only after the formation of a new government at the Centre.
  • According to Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an autonomous institution of the Ministry of Environment, the process of estimating tigers commenced late and it has been an elaborate exercise with minute details being taken care of so the report is likely to come out in May end.
  • A wildlife official from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), a statutory body of the environment ministry, said the delay was on the part of state governments in submitting their data to the Centre and due to the increase in the number of states from where the data is being collected.
  • Number of states have increased this time.
  • Nagaland, Manipur and Gujarat have been included this time besides the 18 tiger reign states.
  • We started the process of tiger estimation from our side but submission of data from different state forest departments took time.
  • This is the fourth cycle of the tiger census.
  • The first was conducted in 2006, second in 2010 and third in 2014.
  • A team of over 44,000 officials is working on the census along with 55 biologists.
  • According to the last survey conducted in 2014, the tiger count was 2,226.