It has been estimated that in the beginning of this century the population of Royal Bengal Tigers in our country was close to 40,000 and this came down to a mere 2,500 by the year 1982. Considering the alarming decline of the number of tigers the Indian board of wildlife initiated a project to save the tigers from extinction. This was named project tiger and several tiger reserves have been established. In 1973 there were 9 tiger reserves in the country occupying a total area of 13,017 Sq. Kms. Presently there are 17 tiger reserves which not only provide sanctuary to tigers but also protect several endangered species of plants and animals.
Short paragraph on Project Tiger