PILIBHIT TIGER RESERVE

CONTEXT:
The Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR – Uttar Pradesh) recently bagged international award TX2 for doubling the number of tigers in the past four years.TX2 Award goes to one site that has achieved remarkable and measurable increase in its tiger population since 2010.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR)

  • PTR is located in Uttar Pradesh.
  • The northern edge of the reserve lies along the Indo-Nepal border while the southern boundary is marked by the river Sharada and Khakra.
  • PTR is one of the finest examples of the exceedingly diverse and productive Terai ecosystems.
  • It is home to a habitat for over 127 animals, 326 bird species and 2,100 flowering plants.
  • Wild animals include tiger, swamp deer, Bengal florican, hog deer, leopard, etc.
  • It has high sal forests, plantation and grasslands with several water bodies.

TX2 Goal

  • The TX2 goal is a global commitment to double the world’s wild tigers by 2022.
  • The goal has been set by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) through the Global Tiger
    Initiative, Global Tiger Forum and other critical platforms.
  • Tiger Range Countries: India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • IUCN Red List Status of Tiger (Panthera Tigris): Endangered
  • It is listed under Appendix I of CITES.
  • It has been listed under ‘Schedule I’ of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

SOURCE: PIB

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