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India plans more tiger reserves as big cat numbers jump

New tiger reserves will be set up in existing national parks in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Orissa statesIndia is planning more tiger reserves across the country, bolstered by a recent survey that shows the big cats’ numbers are growing, an official said Wednesday. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar announced in parliament on Tuesday that three more reserves have been approved in central and eastern India, taking the total number to 50. “We will be adding three more reserves taking the number to 50,” H.S Negi, inspector general of the government’s national tiger conservation authority, told AFP. India currently has 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 square miles) under tiger reserves across 18 states.

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