CHENNAI : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Friday announced that Chennai would play home to the 'TN Global Tiger Summit' in October in honour of International Tiger Day, that is observed today, July 29.
The Chief Minister announced in a statement that the governments of Tamil Nadu and the Central government will work together to host the Global Tiger Summit.
The summit "would be a worthy homage to Tamil Nadu's pioneering efforts in Tiger Conservation," the chief minister said. He added that, according to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, 264 Tigers live in the state's forested areas, making up roughly 10% of the nation's total tiger population (NTCA).
The number of tigers has increased in many of the state's forested areas, with the Coimbatore forest range reporting the presence of 20 tigers.
"Tamilnadu is home to nearly 10 per cent of India's tiger population with 264 tigers as per National Tiger Conservation Authority,” said the Chief Minister, in another tweet.
Tamil Nadu is home to five Tiger reserves: The Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in the districts of Tirunelveli and Tenkasi, the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in the districts of Coimbatore and Tirupur, the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in the districts of The Nilgiris and Erode, the Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve in the Erode district, and the Srivilliputhur Megamalai Tiger Reserve Over 6,150 square kilometres of land are covered by the five combined tiger reserves.