Ready for some good news about the world's biggest cats? India’s Environment Ministry has announced there's been a significant increase in the country's wild tiger populations over the past few years: from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in the most recent census. 

India's Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar chalked up the population jump to the success of several government conservation initiatives in reserves across the country, including anti-poaching measures and efforts to minimise human-wildlife conflict. 

The tiger survey employed more than 9,700 camera traps in forested areas in 18 tiger states. 

"Most of the tigers in the world are presently in India ... We have the world's best managed tiger reserves [and] we must be proud of our legacy. We have increased by 30 per cent from the last count. That is a huge success story," Javadekar said. 

India's tiger numbers dropped to a historic low of just 1,411 in 2006, prompting the goverment to step up its conservation efforts. 

Tigers are one of the most endangered large mammals on the planet, with poaching, habitat loss and illegal trade currenty the biggest threats to their continued survival. 

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