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Study suggests habitat loss leading to inbreeding among Indian Tigers

Date: 25 February 2021 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • Indian Tiger populations continue to be fragmented by loss of habitat, leading to inbreeding and potential loss of this diversity, says a new study.
  • This habitat loss from human activities leads to tigers being restricted into their own protected area. Now, they can only mate with the other tigers in their own population.
  • While genetic diversity across a population improves their chances of survival in the future, the study said population fragmentation of tigers can decrease this variation, and endanger them further.
  • Although tigers have received significant conservation attention, very little is known about their evolutionary history and genomic variation, especially for Indian tigers.
  • With 70% of the world's tigers living in India, understanding the genetic diversity of tigers in the country is critical to their survival.