The three-member committee was headed by retired IFS officer and former PCCF (Wildlife) of Kerala Surendra Kumar.
Ecological losses due to road, railway, mining and irrigation projects also have a huge toll on tigers and their prey, experts said.
Roshan Upadhyaya is a police commando and Shotokan karate instructor, but off-duty he captures butterflies using his DSLR camera and documenting them.
Now our real work begins to figure out how to protect this species long into the future, said Dr Jon Flanders, BCI’s Director of Endangered Species Interventions.
He said that the tiger population is on the rise due to the considerable conservation efforts, however, it needs adequate movement corridors.
The tortoise that was once considered extinct in nature, has multiplied to more than 14,000 through captive-breeding programmes.