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Eminent wildlife biologists express doubts over claims that tiger numbers are rising.

Noted wildlife biologists expressed concerns about the Global Tiger Forum (GTF's) claims that tiger numbers are on the rise globally and on track to meet the target of doubling within a decade. GTF recently hosted the third Asia Ministerial Conference on Tiger in Delhi. GTF and Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) had recently released data to show global wild tiger populations are on the rise for the first time in the century. They are now around 3,890 tigers in the wild compared to 3,200 in 2010 and that the rise is on track to meet a goal of doubling the numbers within a decade.    Follow the link below to the statement in The Economic Times of concern issued by K Ullas Karanth, Director for Science Asia-Wildlife Conservation Society, Dale Miquelle, Director, Russia Program-Wildlife Conservation Society, John Goodrich, Senior Director, Tiger Program-Panthera and Arjun Gopalaswamy, Research Associate, Zoology, University of Oxford, UK.